EFCC swoops on Saminu Turaki after watching him live on TVDaily Nigerian


A live AIT coverage of a book titled: The First Regular Combatant, Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari, on Tuesday exposed a former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, to EFCC arrest.

Sources at the commission said the former governor was watched live by some operatives sitting at the second row during the launch at International Conference Centre, Abuja.

A detachment of EFCC operatives was deployed to the scene and kept tab on him until the end of the event.
Mr Turaki, who was declared wanted by the EFCC for N36 billion fraud, was sighted on March 28 at the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos.
Sources at the EFCC said he won’t be released until the date of the next court sitting when he’ll be taken to court.

On December 2, 2014, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwajaren signed a paid advertorial in Nigerian dailies, declaring Mr Turaki wanted after avoiding court appearance.
The statement read “the public is hereby notified that Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, the former governor of Jigawa state, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, money laundering and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N36billion only.”
The advertorial further said Mr Turaki, who was a senator between 2007 and 2011, “has continuously evaded appearance in court.”

The anti-graft agency said anybody with useful information on his whereabouts should contact the commission, the nearest police station and other security agencies.
Since EFCC’s declaration, Mr Turaki went into hiding, but started appearing at some events in Abuja, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina recently.
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