EFCC to arraign ex-minister amid COVID-19 lockdown in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed its plan to arraign a former Minister amid coronavirus pandemic in Abuja, Nigeria.

The ex-minister has been revealed as ex-Special Duties Minister, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki.

According to a statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Tony Orilade, Turaki and three others will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja today.

Orilade said that Turaki, also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and others will be arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo on a 16-count charge of fraud-related offenses.

The charge is marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/61/2020.

Other defendants in the charge are Sampson Okpetu, Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited.

The statement reads: “The EFCC will today, Monday, May 4, 2020, arraign the former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN over multi-million fraud.

“He will be arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High court, sitting in Abuja on a 16 count charge.

“Turaki, SAN, was the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs from 2013 to 2015. He also served as the Supervising Minister of Labour from 2014 to 2015.

“Others to be arraigned along with the former minister on a 16 count charge are Sampson Okpetu (who served as his Special Assistant), Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited (all found out to be Okpetu’s companies).

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