19 December 2012

Nigeria: EFCC Quizzes Ex-Gov Idris Over Choice Properties

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have quizzed the former Kogi State Governor, Ibrahim Idris over his involvement on sundry graft allegations and the propriety of how he acquired about 11 choice properties.

A dependable source at the EFCC exclusively disclosed this to LEADERSHIP yesterday, adding that the ex-governor arrived at the Wuse 2 Abuja office of the commission at about 5pm on Monday for the first time since he relinquished power to the incumbent Governor Idris Wada.

The ex-governor, who is often referred to as 'Ibro', was said to have been quizzed for about six hours and was grilled by a combined team of investigators who had been covertly working on his case for some time.

Competent sources disclosed that the anti-graft agency questioned Idris on several allegations of abuse of office during his tenure as governor of Kogi State.

Specifically, LEADERSHIP gathered that Idris was grilled over his involvement on massive real estate investment which allegedly comprised 10 luxurious properties and a hotel chain.

Idris is alleged to have acquired Gubabi Royal Hotel, Dreamland Suites, Summerest Hotel, Palmac Hotel, Executive Suite and Grand Ibro Hotel, formerly known as Ibro Hotel, among other properties both in and outside Nigeria during his tenure as governor.

But the EFCC investigators are said to be interested in determining how he got the resources for the massive acquisition.

Other properties claimed to have been traced to Idris include a mansion in the Lokoja GRA, a property in Area 8 Abuja, a property at Idahin, Kogi State, among others.

The EFCC is said to be looking at the ex- governor's assets declaration forms in the course of its investigations to determine the source of the funds he used in acquiring the properties.

The source further disclosed that Idris had made useful statement which would assist the investigation. But the source did not rule out the possibility of inviting the ex- governor again as the investigation progresses.

Since Idris left office as governor, petitions have flooded the EFCC over his alleged involvement in massive financial crimes during his term as chief executive of the confluence state. One of those who petitioned the commission is former member of the House of Representatives turned activist, Hon. Dino Melaye.

Melaye who led a group of protesters to the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja asked the commission to investigate the income and expenditures of Idris between May 29, 2003 and January 27, 2012.

He had claimed that the investigation would help the EFCC to understand what he referred to as "the crude accumulation of wealth and properties by the former governor beyond his combined emoluments, salaries and allowances for the period he held sway as governor."

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