Fomer Taraba state governor, Saminu Turaki, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at International Conference Centre, Abuja, FELLOW PRESS has learnt.
The anti-graft agency arrested the former governor while attending launching of a book written by Haruna Poloman and titled, “The First Regular Combatant: Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari”.
The event was well attended by eminent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Turaki is standing trial for allegedly stealing N36bn when he was governor of the state from 1999 to 2007.
Turaki had also been accused in court of using N12bn out of the N36bn to fund former President Obasanjo’s failed third term bid in 2006.
Last year, operatives of the EFCC went to his house in a bid to execute an arrest warrant for the former governor who had failed to present himself for trial since 2011 when he was arraigned on 36 counts at the Federal High Court in Dutse, Jigawa State.
Turaki was issued bench warrant by the court to be arrested by the Inspector General of Police or EFCC.
Justice S Yahaza issued the bench warrant as Turaki refused to appear before the court.
Turaki was previously declared wanted by EFCC and had been on the watchlist of the anti-graft body for many months.