Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, over alleged N22bn fraud.
Mamman served as minister under President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2021 and was booted out of the cabinet under the guise of a reshuffle.
Reports say the former minister was arrested early Wednesday and was subsequently detained at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.
The arrest is said to be in connection with the Commission’s ongoing investigation into alleged corruption in the execution of some power projects.
ChannelsTV reports that specifically, Mamman is alleged to have conspired with staff of the Ministry in charge of the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects and diverted N22billion, which they shared amongst themselves.
The investigations have also uncovered properties in Nigeria and overseas linked to the suspects, while millions of Naira and United States Dollars have been recovered.
Taraba-born Mamman was appointed Minister by President Buhari in August 2019 and was sacked alongside Sabo Nanono, the then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in what was called a cabinet restructuring.