EFCC to arraign Ex-Power Minister for alleged N33.8bn fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will arraign former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, on Thursday, 11 July, before Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court on charges of money laundering totalling N33 billion.

He faces a 12-count indictment for conspiracy to commit money laundering and the possession and use of proceeds from criminal activities.

The former Minister served under President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

On 10 May 2021, he was arrested and detained at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

On 1 September 2021, Buhari dismissed Mamman and then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, in a cabinet reshuffle.

Mamman is accused of conspiring with ministry staff responsible for the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects to divert approximately N22 billion.

Investigations revealed properties in Nigeria and overseas allegedly linked to the suspects, and millions of naira and dollars have reportedly been recovered.