Not less than 9 out of 109 members of the Nigerian Senate are currently facing various criminal cases at various stages of trials in courts, while one is still being investigated…
DailyTrust compiled list of Nigerian Senators currently Facing Criminal Cases …
Senate President, Bukola Saraki (APC, Kwara central). Saraki is a two-term governor of Kwara State (2003 to 2011) and a 2-term senator.
He is facing a 13-count charge at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) bordering on false assets declaration while he was the governor of his home state and his spouse, Mrs. Toyin Saraki has a file at the EFCC over alleged squandering of Kwara State funds.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West) is the Deputy Senate President.
Ekweremadu, who has been at the Senate since the era of Senator David Mark in 2007, is facing a forgery case at the Federal High Court.
His colleagues, namely Senator Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Marafa, Robert Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi, dragged him and others to the court over alleged forgery of the Senate standing orders, the document used for the conduct of the Senate elections.
Shortly after the inauguration of the 8thAssembly, he was grilled alongside the Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasau and others by operatives of the Nigerian Police over the forgery case.
Ahmed Sani Yarima
Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima is a three-term senator and former governor of Zamfara State and three-term Senator representing Zamfara West Senatorial District in the Senate.
Yarima is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Marine Transport and member of other committees, including Interior that oversees the police, prisons, immigration and the fire service.
In January, he was docked on a 19-count charge of corruption by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) at the Zamfara State High Court in Gusau.
The commission accused him of diverting part of the N1 billion project funds for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and resettlement of the victims of flood to other purposes.
The alleged offences were committed in 2006 and mainly in October and November of that year, according to ICPC.
Danjuma Goje was the governor of Gombe State from 2003 to 2011. He is presently representing Gombe Central Senatorial District.
Goje is a second termer at the Upper Chamber representing Gombe Central. Aside from chairing the Senate Committee on Appropriations, he is the chairman of the North-East caucus of the National Assembly, making him to wield enormous powers at both chambers.
The senator, along with four others, is facing an 18- count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud to N25bn instituted by the EFCC.
The case was transferred to Jos from Gombe in 2015 on the instruction of the Chief Justice of the Federation over security concerns. Hearing in the case was adjourned to April 12 this year.
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu was the governor of Nasarawa State from 1999 to 2007. He represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District and is the Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture.
In Feb 2010, the EFCC arrested the lawmaker for allegedly misappropriating N15billion alongside 18 others.
He was subsequently arraigned on a 149-count charge of fraud to the tune of N15 billion, before Justice Ibrahim Buba, who was later replaced on the case by Justice Marcel Awokulehin.
The court, however, ruled against the accused persons and ordered them to face trial. The lawmaker and his co-accused subsequently appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal sitting in Markudi, Benue State.
The case is yet to be concluded.
Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako is the son of former Governor Murtala Nyako. He represents Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the Senate.
He is a first timer in the Red Chamber and he chairs the Committee on Special Duties, which oversees the general affairs of the Senate President, Ecological Fund, among others.
Last year, the EFCC docked Abdulaziz and his father, the former governor of Adamawa State, at a Federal High Court in Abuja cases of alleged corruption.They were accused of using five companies to siphon over N15billion at various times, between 2011 and 2013, from Adamawa State coffers.
Joshua Chibi Dariye
Joshua Chibi Dariye, senator representing Plateau Central. He was the governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2003 and was re-elected in 2003, before he was impeached in 2006.
He is the chairman Senate Committee on Solid Minerals.
Dariye has been standing trial since 2007 on 23-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of office and corruption. He was accused of embezzling over N1.2billion ecological funds.
Senator Kashamu Buruji is representing Ogun East.
He is facing threat of extradition from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), acting on request from the United States over alleged drug peddling case.
Godswill Obot Akpabio
Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio (PDP, Akwa-Ibom North-West) is being investigated for corruption.
Akpabio, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, was twice invited by the EFCC last year, over allegation of N108bn fraud.