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Anti-corruption war: See 9 prominent Nigerians facing Buhari’s wrath (photos)

Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari in May, 2015, his administration has started the anti-graft war to eradicate corruption in the country.

During his electoral campaign, Buhari promised to tackle corruption, insecurity and economic issues, if elected. He said that these were the fundamental challenges facing Nigeria.

So far the anti-graft agencies have struggled to convince Nigerians that the war against corruption is not selective.

One thing is certain, if the work of anti-graft agencies is in line with the president’s body language, then it can be said that Buhari’s body speaks louder than that of his predecessor, as anti-graft agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and ICPC have suddenly spurred into action.

President Buhari has said he will stop at nothing to ensure that Nigeria gets back all that has been stolen from the nation’s coffers.


These top-shots in the society have been charged on various counts, their cases are still pending in the various courts and one can only but fear that if their defence does not hold water.

Here are 9 prominent Nigerians who are currently facing the music of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti graft war:

1. Former National Security Adviser (NSA),  Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)

Sambo Dasuki

Former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki

Dasuki is  before three different courts and judges in Abuja.

He had previously been docked before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and alleged illegal possession of firearms.

The former NSA was granted bail on self-recognition but the court ordered that his passport and other travel documents be deposited with the deputy court registrar while.

He was in charge of coordinating the war against Boko Haram terrorists during the tenure of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

2. PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh

Olisa Metuh

Olisa Metuh and his lawyer at the federal high court.

The PDP spokesperson is being charged for corruption, money laundering and receiving money (N400 million) from the former national security adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The charges are contrary to Section 15 (2) of the money laundering and Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The accused having accepted receiving such money from Jonathan has however refused to disclose details of the assignments he did for the former president.

3. Senate president, Bukola Saraki


Bukola Saraki

The Senate president is facing a 13 count charge of false declarations when he was the governor of Kwara state. His case has been ongoing since September 22, 2015.

He was alleged to have “corruptly acquired many properties while in office, but failed to declare some of them in the said forms earlier filled and submitted.”

The apex court on Friday, February 5, dismissed an appeal by Saraki to stop his trial paving the way for the continuation of the case at the CCT.

4. Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd)

Alex Badeh in a recent court appearance

Alex Badeh in a recent court appearance

of criminal breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N3.9 billion.

He is alleged to have received $800,000 from the fiance director of the Nigeria air force during his tenure as the chief of defense staff.

The former chief of defence staff is also alleged to have bought various houses within Nigeria for himself and his sons from a monthly balance of Nigeria air force personnel salaries totaling N558,200,000 monthly, a revelation made by a prosecution witness in court.

5. Former PDP BoT Chairman, Haliru Bello

Bello Haliru Mohammed Dasukigate Dasuki arms deal scandal

Former PDP BoT chairman, Haliru Mohammed

and criminal breach of trust.

Haliru, alongside his son, Abbah Mohammed and his company are alleged to have aided in the diversion of funds slated for arms procurement by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

It would be recalled that Bello was former campaign director to Goodluck Jonathan. He is said to be a man who loves bribes.

6. Former Chairman of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi

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Former Chairman of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi

Dokpesi, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is  and other fraud related charges.

The PDP stalwart, who was reportedly arraigned alongside his firm, Daar Investment and Holdings Ltd, pleaded not guilty to the six count charge filed against him by EFCC. He is accused of receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Dokpesi was arrested by the EFCC on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, for being a party of the arms purchase scandal involving Dasuki, and the theft of $2.1 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

7. Former head of service, Steve Oronsaye

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Stephen Oransaye in court to answer for his involvement in a 190 million scandal

A former head of the Nigerian civil service, is

Oronsaye is facing a fresh two-count charge of corruption and obtaining money by false pretence before Justice O. O Goodluck.

According to the EFCC, the former civil service chief used his position as chair of the presidential committee on the Financial Action Task Force to fraudulently obtain N190 million, being part of the N240m grant which the committee received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


8. ThisDay Boss, Nduka Obaigbena

Nduka Obaigbena

He is the founder of Thisday newspaper, African focused style & culture magazine Arise and 24 hour international news channel Arise News.

Obaigbena who is also the editor-in-chief of This Day newspaper, was meant for arms procurement that was allegedly mismanaged by the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Obaigbena told the EFCC that it was not only his company and Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) that collected funds from Dasuki, stating that Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) also received money for its secretariat complex.

9. Former Sokoto governor, Attahiru Bafarawa

Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa,

Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa,

This former Sokoto state governor’s case is linked to. Though he has maintained that he did receive any piece of the “national cake” that was shared, still, Bafarawa has a case to answer for.

It would be recalled that the ex-governor was named as one of the beneficiaries of N100 million shared by Sambo Dasuki. Bafarawa is one of the four people which the EFCC has been probing. Despite the duress of the antigraft body, the ex-governor of Sokoto has sworn to stand by Dasuki and will not abandone the ex-NSA in his trying times.

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