The EFCC has reportedly arrested the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, over an alleged scam involving N5billion.
Aliyu, who served between 2007 and 2015, was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday after he was invited by the commission.
The ex-governor, was reportedly detained after interrogation as the anti-graft agency allegedly continued further investigation into the N5billion scam
An EFCC source reportedly said, “We invited former Governor Aliyu to our office on Tuesday and he has been in our custody since then. He was invited following an investigation into a scam involving about N5billion.”
Confirming the invitation, the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The former governor was invited by the commission and he is still in our custody.”
The incumbent Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, as well as the members of the Niger State House of Assembly, had called for a probe of Aliyu’s administration which they described as fraudulent.
Bello said there were several questionable transactions the former administration must account for and such transactions were discovered by the financial management committee set up by his administration.
Bello had lamented that one of such discrepancies was discovered in the state and local government joint account where a massive fraud was allegedly perpetrated.