The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday [May 25] said former governor of Borno state Ali-Modu Sheriff may be declared wanted for refusing to honour an invitation by the anti- graft agency.
The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said since Sheriff has failed to appear before the commission to explain allegations of financial crimes, he may be declared wanted as is the usual practice of the EFCC.
Uwujaren who made the statement during a press conference at the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja said the procedure during investigation is to declare the person wanted when he fails to honour an invitation.
Sheriff was invited to appear before EFCC operatives in April 2015, over allegations of “misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor.” Uwujaren also faulted reports in the media that the EFCC has recorded low convictions of politically exposed person being prosecuted by the Commission.
He listed eight former governors who are at different stages of prosecution, some who have been convicted; giving a catalogue of monies, properties, companies and banks accounts recovered and obtained through forfeiture orders.
He said the record shows that between 2012 and 2014, the commission recovered over N65 billion, also over $245 billion; about seven hundred thousand pound sterling and over six two thousand Euros within the period.