Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Nigeria issues fraud backlist
Nigeria's Anti-Fraud Police has issues a list of more than a 100 prominent Nigerian figures proclaiming them to be unsuitable to run for political office. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said all those on the list were being prosecuted on corruption charges and discouraged political parties from endorsing them as candidates in next year's elections.
One of those named, Orji Kalu, is running for president but has been arraigned on over a 100 count of fraud charges, estimated to be worth around £21 million. Political figures make up at least 40 per cent of those on the list and include: 13 former state governors, five former ministers, three MPs and two serving senators.
The EFCC is adamant that those on the list, as well as those facing prosecution, should not be endorsed or allowed to campaign. The commission is calling on political parties to select only "credible candidates" and shun those named on the list.
Source: BBC News
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