There are 43 high-profile corruption cases filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) between 2007 and 2015 still pending in courts, the anti-graft agency said yesterday. These cases include those involving 16 former governors as other pending matters are related to oil subsidy scandal, money laundering and violation of the Public Procurement Act. Some of the pending high-profile cases are those preferred against ex-governors Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Jolly Nyame (Taraba), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), the late Audu Abubakar (Kogi), Timipreye Sylva (Bayelsa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Aliyu Akwe Doma (Nasarawa), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa).
Other high-profile suspects on trial are ex-Minister Babalola Borishade; a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye; Sani Teidi Shuaibu and other pension scam suspects; Esai Dangabar and seven others over police pension fraud; Mamman Tukur and others on N1.2billion oil subsidy scandal; Walter Wagbatsoma in connection with oil subsidy; Abdullahi Alao and others (N2.6b oil subsidy scam); NASAMAN Oil Services Limited for N4billion oil subsidy case; Chidi Adabanya (N2b obtained from Shell Petroleum Development Company); and others. According to the EFCC, the cases are on hold because of the following reasons: preliminary objection, trial within trial; interlocutory appeal at the Supreme Court, assigning of trial judges to election petitions tribunals, abuse of court process, illness of defendants, abscondment of accused persons, filing of fresh charges, and jumping of court bail among others.