The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claimed that a governor has taken roughly N60 billion from public funds in six years.
The governor’s identity is unknown, and his state is only partially recognized as being located in the country’s north-central region.
The agency’s chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was reported in the current edition of its in-house magazine, “EFCC Alert,” as predicting that Nigerians would soon hear more about the burgeoning corruption tale.
Bawa’s interview, which was originally granted to TVC, was published by the agency’s media unit in the “Setting the Records Straight” column of the monthly e-magazine.
He said, “Very soon, Nigerians are going to see some of the things that we are doing. I can tell you for free that the new Department of Intelligence that we have created is working wonders. They have come up with a lot of intelligence.
“In one of them, a governor in a North-Central state within the last six years (one individual) has withdrawn over N60 billion in cash.
“We are looking at all of that, and I assure you that at the end of all of our investigations, Nigerians are going to be briefed of what we are doing behind the scene on cybercrime, politically-exposed persons, as well as engaging government agencies to ensure that we have better processes and procedures on how to do government business.
“We are not setting out to be engaging with people on the pages of newspapers or press conferences. We are working hard trying to see what we can do behind the scenes [to eradicate corruption].”
Bawa also revealed that, contrary to popular belief, alleged corruption investigations against former governors are still being vigorously pursued, and that investigative reports will be released soon.
“I can assure you that we are working [on them]. We don’t want to talk about matters that are under investigation. Yes, we invited a former governor [Lucky Igbinedion] for interrogation. He was with us for two days and he has been released; investigation is ongoing, but we are being careful and cautious, so we won’t be accused of engaging in a media trial,” he said.