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EFCC arrests former Jigawa Governor, Turaki at event attended by Obasanjo, Gowon, others

Again, court remands ex-Jigawa gov, Saminu Turaki, in prison
Alhaji Saminu Turaki, former Governor of Jigawa State

Officials of the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Tuesday arrested former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki. reports that Turaki is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly mismanaging Jigawa state’s funds while he in office as governor.

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According to a report by The Punch, the former governor was arrested at the launch of a book titled, ‘The First Regular Combatant: Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari’, which was written by Haruna Paloma, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The event was well attended by eminent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and several others.

An EFCC source, who confirmed the arrest to newsmen said Turaki has been evading court appearance for his prosecution following which the court issued an arrest warrant.

He won’t be released until the date of the next court sitting when he’ll be taken to court, the source said.

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