Ex-Governors, Ministers Barred From visiting Gbenga Daniel, others

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Oct 9, 2011 – Ex-Governors, Ministers Barred From visiting Gbenga Daniel, others

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday barred some former governors, ex-Ministers and other bigwigs from visiting the three ex-governors in its custody on security grounds. 

The detained former governors, whose charge sheets are  being  tidied up ahead of trial this week are Chief Bayo Alao-Akala (Oyo ); Chief Gbenga Daniel  (Ogun) and  Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma (Nassarawa).

Only those bringing food for the detainees are allowed access to the former governors but are required to taste such food before handing it over to the detainees.
Also, the anti-graft agency has secured the services of Mr.  Kemi Pinheiro(SAN), Rotimi Jacobs, Wahab Shittu, Godwin Obla  and a former executive of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) among others to prosecute the ex-governors.

In the case of ex-Governor Danjuma Goje (Gombe), his days in hiding are numbered as the EFCC has obtained a court warrant to arrest him in any part of the world.

Goje was also watch-listed on Saturday by the commission meaning that he could be arrested on behalf of the EFCC by the International Police (INTERPOL) or other international security agencies in the UK, United States, France, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates(UAE).

Investigation by our correspondent confirmed that some highbrow visitors, including ex-governors and ministers, were disallowed from seeing the three detained former state Executives on security ground.

A top source in the commission, who spoke in confidence, said: “We had a deluge of visitors who came to sympathize with these ex-governors but we disallowed them because of security implications.

“The EFCC decided to bar the visitors till 9am on Monday because the number of officers on duty is limited. We wanted to avoid a situation whereby someone will hurt them under the guise of paying a visit.

“For their own safety, we have to restrict visitors to only their spouses or those who bring their meals to them. Even at that, whoever brings meals must taste it to avoid any recourse to poisoning.

“We also do not want some of these visitors to turn EFCC’s custody into political arena. Whoever wants to pay a solidarity visit should wait till we charge them to court next week.”

A former Minister, who sought to meet with one of the governors, said: “I was told to come back on Monday by 9am.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “The charges against the ex-governors are ready, we are set for their trial.

“We have also secured the services of tested lawyers who will prosecute them. Some of the prosecutors are Mr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), Rotimi Jacobs, Wahab Shittu, Godwin Obla and a former top official of the MBA. Each of these senior legal hands may head different teams.”

Another source in EFCC, however, said some of the ex-governors are pushing for their trial in Abuja for strategic reasons.

“They believe that their opponents may turn their trial into political carnival,” the source said

At press time, findings confirmed that the EFCC had obtained a court warrant to arrest ex-Governor Danjuma Goje, who was declared wanted on Friday for allegedly mismanaging N52.9billion loan and security votes.

The EFCC source said: “We have an order from a court in Abuja to arrest Goje in any part of the world. We have sent his names to INTERPOL and other security agencies at home and abroad to watch-list him.

“Although he wrote a letter to the EFCC through a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Niyi Akintola, that he would report to the commission on Monday, we decided not to take things for granted.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Femi Babafemi, said: “It is true that we have watch-listed Goje as part of steps to arrest him.”