Aljazirahnews special- first batch of allegedly corrupt Nigerians

Aljazirahnews special- first batch of allegedly corrupt Nigerians


Editor’s note– As promised in last edition, this medium focuses on the first batch of 20 Nigerians who have been indicted in the recent past for corrupt practices.

Some have been charged to court and convicted, others are having their day in court while a few others are being investigated by anti-graft agencies. Our research is based on information mostly in public domain We also serve you an expose on the anti-corruption journey over the years in Nigeria.

Corruption, in Nigeria, is a general phenomenon with a high frequency of reoccurrence.

Reports have revealed that those who top the corruption list especially in sub-Saharan Africa are the political gladiators, their relatives or aides.

Over the years, culprits have been discovered and apprehended; some going scot free.

Various research bodies have revealed top most corrupt Nigerians and it remains shameful that Nigerian political leaders and lawmakers always top the list.

Political corruption is a persistent phenomenon in Nigeria as President Muhammadu Buhari had defined corruption as the greatest form of human rights violation which is very evident in Nigeria, through the poor leadership style and funds misappropriation displayed by key leaders.

These abnormalities have kept Nigerian citizens under perpetual pain, resulting from violations and total denial of fundamental human rights.

Since the creation of modern public administration in the country, there have been cases of official misuse of funds and resources.

The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and natural gas are two major events seen to have led to the increase in corrupt practices in the country.

The governments that have been in charge over the years in Nigeria have aimed at containing corruption through the enactment of laws and the enforcement of integrity systems, but success has been slow.

As at 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over $400 billion to corruption since independence.

In 2014, Nigeria’s rank improved from 143rd to the 136th position on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. In late 2013, Nigeria’s then Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi informed President Goodluck Jonathan that the state’s oil company, NNPC had failed to remit US$20 billion of oil revenues, which it owed the state.

Jonathan however dismissed the claim and replaced Sanusi for his mismanagement of the central bank’s budget.

A Senate committee also found Sanusi’s account to be lacking in substance.

After the conclusion of the NNPC’s account audit, it was announced in January 2015 that NNPC’s non-remitted revenue was actually US$1.48billion, which it needed to refund back to the government.

Upon release of both the PwC and Deloitte report by the government at the eve of its exit, it was however determined that truly close to $20 billion was indeed missing or misappropriated.

In addition to these, the government of Goodluck Jonathan had several running scandals including the BMW purchase by his aviation minister, $250 million plus security contracts to militants in the Niger Delta, massive corruption and kick-backs in the Ministry of Petroleum, Malibu Oil International Scandal, and several scandals involving the Petroleum Ministry including accusations of ‘sweetheart deals’ with select fronts and business people to divert public wealth.

Emerging allegations

New allegations of corruption have since begun to emerge since the departure of President Jonathan on May 29, 2015. These include:

  1. $2.2 billion illegally withdrawn from Excess Crude Oil Accounts of which $1bn was supposedly approved by President Jonathan to fund his reelection campaign without the knowledge of the National Economic Council made up of State Governors and the President & Vice President;
  2.  NEITI’s discovery of $11.6 bn missing from Nigeria LNG Company Dividend Payments;

  3. 60 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn, stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, from 2009 to 2012;

  4.  NEITI’s loss due to crude swaps due to subsidy and domestic crude allocation from 2005 to 2012 indicated that $11.63bn had been paid to the NNPC but that “there is no evidence of the money being remitted to the federation account.”

5. Diversion of 60% of $1bn foreign loans obtained from the Chinese by the Ministry of Finance;

6. Massive scam in weapons and defense procurements, and misuse of N3trillion naira defense budget since 2011 under the guise of fighting Boko Haram;

7. Diversion of $2.2 million vaccination medicine fund, by Ministry of Health;

8. Diversion of Ebola fight fund up to N1.9bn naira;

9. NIMASA Fraud under investigation by EFCC, inclusive of accusation of funding PDP and buying a small piece of land for N13 billion naira;

10. Ministry of Finance led by Okonjo Iweala hurried payment of $2.2 million to health ministry contractor in disputed invoices;

11. NDDC scams and multifarious scams including 2.7billion naira worth of contracts that does not confirm to Public Procurement Act;

12. Police Service Commission Scam investigated by ICPC that revealed misappropriation of over N150 million naira related to election related trainings. But to mention a few.

A recurring decimal over the years

Reports reveals that corruption has been a prevalent cancer bedeviling Nigeria since Independence.

Various corruption scandals broke out under Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, including one of international dimension when his vice president was caught in cahoots with a US Congressman stashing cold hard cash (literally) in freezers. In addition to this, the KBR and Siemens bribery scandals broke out under his administration, which was serially investigated by the FBI and led to international indictments indicating high-level corruption in his administration.

According to reports, “while Nigeria dithered, the United States Department of Justice on January 18, 2012 announced that a Japanese construction firm, Marubeni Corporation, agreed to pay a $54.6 million criminal penalty for allegedly bribing officials of the Nigerian government to facilitate the award of the $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract in Bonny, Nigeria to a multinational consortium, TSKJ”. They paid bribes to Nigerian government officials between 1995 and 2004, in violation of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Some other acts of corruption tied to Olusegun Obasanjo included the Transcorp shares scandal that violated the code of conduct standards for public officers, and the presidential library donations at the eve of his exit from power that pressured associates to donate.

Obasanjo was also said to have widely lobbied for his failed campaign to alter the constitution to get a third term by actively bribing the legislators further deepening corruption at the highest levels.

Aljazirahnews serves you this first batch of some allegedly corrupt Nigerians as reported by the Cable News Network, CNN, in a recent publication and some other online platforms.


1. Sani Abacha – Allegedly stole $7 billion from 1993-1998

2. Ahmed Tinubu – It was estimated by CNN that he has stolen $6 billion so far.

3. Bukola Saraki – In the report, through his father, Olukola Saraki, their bank, Societe Generale and as a governor of Kwara State (2003-20111) he reportedly stole $1.1 billion

4. Nasir El Rufai – the report said that before he was made the FCT Minister, ‘El Rufai was broke, homeless and was looking for loan to import taxis from the UK.’ After he was made the minister, he seized landed properties that belonged to Nigerians and allegedly resold them with huge profit. It is estimated that he stole $1 billion from 2003-2007.

5. Tunde Fashola –  According to the report, he reportedly stole $900 million from 2007-2015.

6. James Ibori – He reportedly stole $150 million from 1999-2007 as governor of Delta State. He is serving his term for money laundering in the UK.

7. Amina Mohammed – Founder of Afri-Project Consortium (APC) that was in charge of all PTF Projects during the Abacha’s regime. About $125 million was reportedly stolen from PTF accounts from 1994-1998.

8. DSP Alamieyeseigha – He reportedly stole $120 million and was arrested for money laundering. He pleaded guilty and long served his term.

9. Sule Lamido – He allegedly stole $110 million between 2007-2015 and from that amount, $50 million was found in his sons’ bank accounts. He was arrested and detained for days together with his sons.

10. Rabiu Kwankwaso – He reportedly misappropriated $100 million as a governor of Kano State. The EFCC has arrested many of his aides.

11. Abdulrasheed Maina- believed to have stolen over N195 billion Pension funds.

12. Mamman Ali and Mahmud Tukur- Known for $6bn Fuel Subsidy Scam. The two were major players in the subsidy scam that characterized the Goodluck Jonathan era.

13. Stephen Oronsayeknown for the N123bn Naira fraud. A damning report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation indicted the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation over an alleged N123billion fraud perpetrated during his tenure, between 2009 and 2010.

14. Dan Etete- a known figure in the infamous $1.1bn Malabu Oil Scandal

15 Stella Oduah- a principal figure in the ‘N255m car purchase scandal.’

16 Arthur Eze- A business man reportedly indicted in the $500m defense contract under .

17 Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, indicted in the $2.2 billion arms deal fraud which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently investigating

18 Mohammed Abacha- Known to have reportedly been involved in the diversion of N446bn during his father’s reign

19 Hon Farouk Lawan- indicted in a $3m bribery scandal with oil cartel owners.

20 Kola Aluko- associate of Diezanni Allison-Madueke reported to have lavished millions of dollars on parties attended by top models like Naomi Campbell. He is also reported to have purchased a $1.5-million-dollar champagne bottle at another party.