EFCC Set To Detain Ali Modu Sheriff Over N300 Billion Borno Funds
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC will on Thursday play host to a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, to respond to questions bordering on allegations of “misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor”, Premium Times is reporting.
Although the details of the allegations against the former governor is yet unclear, the paper reported that his appearance expected to hold at the agency’s Abuja head office is related to allegations that parts of the N300billion his administration received from the Federation Account between 2003 and 2011 may not have been judiciously spent.
The investigation began in 2012 and had been ongoing ever since, our sources said.
If the Mr. Sheriff fails to show up at the agency’s office as directed, he would be declared wanted and then arrested, the report said.
Mr. Sheriff ruled Borno State on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP] between 2003 and 2007. on the ticket of the same party.
The former governor, who has since fallen out with his successor, Kashim Shetttima, dumped the All Progressives Congress, which he helped formed in 2013.
Before leaving the APC, Mr. Sheriff clashed repeatedly with some leaders of the opposition party, including a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who he accused of harbouring dictatorial tendencies. On one occasion, Mr. Sheriff had a shouting match with Mr. Tinubu at a meeting.
Mr. Sheriff told journalists after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan last year that his defection to the PDP was in Nigeria’s interest.
Apparently because of his romance with the ruling party, the PDP Federal Government rebuffed calls for his arrest and prosecution over his alleged link with Boko Haram.
Mr. Sheriff, alongside a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, and an unnamed Central Bank of Nigeria official, was named by an Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davies, as sponsors of the dreaded terrorist group.
Messrs Sheriff and Ihejirika strongly denied the allegations, and Mr. Davies has so far failed to provide evidence of their culpability.
In September 2014, despite the allegation against Mr. Sheriff, which the State Security Service claimed it was investigating at the time, the former Borno governor was in President Jonathan’s company during an official visit to Chadian President, Idris Deby, to discuss how to combat insurgency in Nigeria.
The opposition APC and some civil society organisations slammed the president for hobnobbing with the ex-governor.
But in defence, the president, through his media adviser, Reuben Abati, accused the opposition and other critics of creating false impression that Mr. Sheriff was part of the president’s official delegation to Chad.