7th October, 2011
The wind of “arrests” currently blowing in the horizon of former states Executive Governors has reached the domain of former Gombe state Governor and serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen Danjuma Goje as he has been declared wanted by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations of mismanagement and diversion of over N52 billion state funds.
The Commission in a statement released on Friday October 7, explained that it had to come to the decision of publicly declaring the senator wanted after an endless search for him and his failure to submit himself for interrogation over the alleged fraud even when he was in receipt of a letter of invitation giving him up to 12noon today to come out of hiding.
According to the statement, â€œ Patriotic Nigerians who may have useful information on the whereabouts of the wanted person are urged to kindly send same to any of the EFCCâ€™s offices across the country or the nearest police station.â€
The Commission further said that while it will continue its search for Goje, it will always work within the ambit of the law in the discharge of its responsibility and expects all citizens especially those being investigated to respect and obey the laws of the land.
With the declaration of Goje wanted by the anti graft agency and the arrest of Gbenga Daniel, Alao Akala and Akaei Doma, former Governors of Ogun, Oyo and Nasarawa states respectively, other former governors under the anti agency’s rader include Ibrahim Shinkafi of Zamfara state, Ikedi Ohakim of Imo state, Bukola Saraki of Kwara state who is currently a serving Senator and former Chairman of Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano state who contested against President Goodluck Jonathan during the last April’s Presidential election under the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP and Ali Modu Sherif of Borno state.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja