Politics is now a game of money just as much as fraud is, whether internet fraud or otherwise. Better still, let’s say politics is just as synonymous to fraud.
In Nigeria today, there are quite a number of cases that are a pointer to this and a few of these people that are obviously naturals in the game of fraud which brings to mind a high probability that if politics was not a cover, they would still cash out big in mainstream fraud.
Here are a few of them we have compiled together
1. Godswill Akpabio: Akpabio was a glorified personality during his time as governor of Akwa-Ibom state but times have changed. We followed the drama that transpired between the Niger Delta Development Commission which the ex-governor heads and the probe sessions with the National Assembly. I tell you, the scam in that federal agency was perfected such that the lawmakers would have no choice but to shut their mouths.
2. Diezani Alison-Madueke: In all honesty, I feel Alison-Madueke comes next after Abacha. Nobody but a con artist whoops $6 billion (N1.2 trillion) and go scot-free just like that.
3. Orji Kalu: As former governor of Abia State, Kalu has been dragged to court and sentenced for embezzling ₦3.2 billion but one way or the other, he still got out of prison. His mother was allegedly a con artist too, very dubious. So, it is just right to say, the apple does not fall far from the tree.
4. Kemebradikumo Pondei: He is the MD of the NDDC. Pondei fainted on Live TV while being grilled by the National Assembly over the missing funds in the agency. Since then, we are yet to hear anything of the case.
5. Abdulrasheed Maina: Accused of N2 billion pension fund fraud, this former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team has gone into thin air. For 10 times consecutively, he has refused to appear in court on claims that he is not healthy enough for it. The most amazing of it is that his surety, Ali Ndume as said he knows nothing of his whereabouts.
6. Ayodele Fayose: Still being dragged for corruption charges as a former governor of Ekiti state. His thuggish and manipulative lifestyle that somewhat makes people buy into his agenda is worthy of note.
7. Dino Melaye: We cannot but wonder what exactly this ex-Kogi senator does for a living asides politics that has got him so much wealth. Him Weyerey dey disguise. Recall also, his numerous tactics when dragged to court over allegations of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms. He deliberately got himself in harm’s way to avoid going to court.
8. Lai Mohammed: Though free of any corruption allegation, Mohammed just fits so well as a natural. No one, absolutely, no one tells the story better than he does such that you are left to question your sanity. Tactics, which is something this Minister of Information has got, is very needed in the world of scam.
9. Babajide Sanwo-Olu: Not dubious so far but very subtle. Caught severally to have rebranded the truth and make it pleasant to the hearing. He has got tactics and style especially one of keeping people to wonder whatever they think to be the truth.
10. Senator Danjuma Goje: A very smart man indeed. He was accused and charged by the EFCC to court for looting ₦25 billion but was never indicted. He allegedly struck a deal with the presidency to step down from the Senate presidential race for Ahmad Lawan and his case was immediately erased. Smart move to succeed in the world of fraud.
11. Babachir Lawal: This Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation allegedly gave a ₦200 million contract to his own company from monies meant to look after Internally Displaced Persons. Has still not been charged and is today, living his life in luxury. How did he pull that off?
12. Mudashir Obasa: So good at covering up his tracks– something you must understand as a good fraudster. Obasa has allegedly conducted business deals that netted him $2.4 million in his personal bank accounts within a period of one week early last year through 69 different interconnected bank accounts. Obasa is the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
13. Ex-Governor Timipre Sylva: A well-known financier and supporter of the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. He was accused of looting ₦19.7 billion and taken to court. But two days after President Buhari was sworn in in 2015, the new APC government WITHDREW the charges preferred against Sylva and on October 3, 2018, the EFCC returned to Sylva, 48 houses seized from him during the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 to him. He is presently the Minister of State For Petroleum Resources. Making the right connections matter a lot in the world of fraud.
14. Ahmed Tinubu: Tinubu is a sagacious man– we must give that to him. How he has taken hold of Lagos state is amazing. The recent Alpha Beta fraud brought to light is all more reason to award this man this table. He is at the centre of an N100billion fraud, tax evasion and money laundering petition involving the firm, which, has, since his exit as governor, been the tax consulting firm of Lagos state. Tinubu is an underground stakeholder in so many firms including the Alpha Beta,
15. Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro: Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro took refuge in APC to avoid prosecution by the antigraft agencies. He was charged for the N4.7 billion traced to firms linked to him and had charges instituted against him by the EFCC.