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Bafarawa escapes EFFC arrest

20 November 2015, 15:07

Sokoto - Former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has escaped arrest after about three-hour siege on his Usuma Street, Abuja residence by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Premium Times reports.

Bafarawa, who left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, is currently in the United States on vacation.

He and 15 others, mostly his aides while he was a governor, have been facing trial since they left office in 2007 for alleged misappropriation of public funds totalling N15 billion.

Also read: APC is a party without membership – Bafarawa

The former governor, who is a political associate of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, had accompanied the former NSA to court to answer charges of unlawful possession of firearms and alleged retention of funds, contrary to Section 15 (2)(d) of Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

The former governor’s spokesman, Yusuf Dingyadi,  condemned the siege on Bafarawa’s residence, saying it was a political persecution against perceived opponents of the ruling party.

Read more at Premium Times

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