By Felix Agbo
A former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for N36 billion fraud, was sighted Tuesday at the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos.
Mr Turaki sat at the second row between a former governor of Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo and minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.
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.