The ‘Change’ mantra of the APC might mean have different to different people, but one strong and visible characteristic of the change mantra is the current Anti-corruption war being waged on the looters of the country’s resources.
President Mohammadu Buhari’s, ‘CHANGE’ Mantra that is hinged on fighting corruption, combating terrorism, could be said to be responsible for the recent arrests of prominent Nigerians who have been alleged to be involved in shady deals and one level of gross misconduct or the other, especially public government officers that functioned in the erstwhile administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Here is our list of 7 top politicians that have been detained in Kuje prison under the Buhari administration.
- Sambo Dasuki
Dasukigate’ is perhaps the biggest scam ever unraveled in the history of Nigeria. The Buhari administration opened a can of worms when it decided to probe spending of funds meant for procurement of arms and ammunition under the immediate-past regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Though Dasuki met bail conditions, he was once a residence of the infamous Kuje Prison.
- Ahmadu Fintiri
Mr. Ahmadu Fintiri, acted as governor of Adamawa State in 2014, after a former governor, Murtala Nyako was impeached by the state’s House of Assembly.
Fintiri, who is under trial and has been remanded in kuje prison pending the determination of his bail application, was arraigned by the EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering.
He was said to have defrauded the Adamawa government to the tune of N970 million and $4.8 million, when he was the governor of the state for three months. He however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
- Alex Badeh
A Federal High Court judge in Abuja sent former Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) to Kuje prison. Mr. Badeh was arraigned in court for corruptly enriching himself with Nigerian Airforce defense funds to the tune of N4 billion. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed they found over 1 million dollars in hidden safes during a search at the home of the former air force general.
- Chief Raymond Dokpesi
The Chairman emeritus of Daar Communications Plc. High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is currently standing trial for his involvement in the Dasukigate scandal. He was linked with receiving N2.1billion mostly for ‘publicity and media political campaign during the 2015 general elections’.
The alleged funds were said to have been transferred to the accused by the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) through a First Bank account operated by DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited. He was remanded in Kuje prison custody but later granted bail.
- Uche Secondus
The Deputy National Chairman of the PDP allegedly received 25 exotic cars worth over N300million which the embattled promoter of Atlantic Energy Concepts Limited, Jide Omokore, allegedly bought for top officials of the Peoples Democratic Party. Prince Secondus received the cars for onward distribution to other beneficiaries. Secondus was arrested in his Abuja home.
- Lawal Isa Jafaru
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recently arrested Jafaru, who is a former military governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Jafaru is President Mohammadu Buhari’s political associate. The retired soldier is believed to have been arrested for receiving over 100 million from National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
- Olusola Oguntoyinbo
Air Vice Marshal Olutayo Oguntoyinbo, was remanded in Kuje prison following his arraignment before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. Oguntoyinbo, who is a former chief of training and operations of the air force, was accused of receiving the bribe from a contractor with the NAF, Société D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited, using a company, Spaceweb Integrated Services Limited.