Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno State, has surrendered himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation over alleged mismanagement of N300billion. He was a governor between 2003 and 2011.
Sheriff who had used every form of legal excuse to refuse to answer EFCC’s summon since 2012, voluntarily walked up to the EFCC headquarters at about 6pm Wednesday, June 3, for interrogation on the allegations against him.
It was gathered that Sheriff surrendered following EFCC’s intense surveillance which may lead to the engagement of INTERPOL to locate him.
“The ex-governor showed up “miraculously” on Wednesday at our headquarters at about 6pm. Before his sudden appearance, we had concluded plans to declare him wanted because we gave him ample time to respect this lawful agency.
“Upon getting here, a team of crack operatives was raised to interrogate him. In the last two hours, he has been filling some firms and responding to questions from our officials. No one can say whether he will be granted bail tonight or not. But we will keep you posted,” an EFCC source said.
Moreover, it is believed that the exit of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from power might be the real reason why he showed up for questioning at EFCC’s headquarters. “He enjoyed presidential comfort in Chad when Jonathan visited President Idris Deby in N’Djamena to the discomfiture of the EFCC. But all these Politically- Exposed Persons (PEPs) know that President Muhammadu Buhari will not take nonsense.”
The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “We have Sheriff in our custody for interrogation. He came into our office this evening.”
Last week, Uwujaren said the EFCC was planning to declare Shetiff wanted if he refused to honour the invitation of the commission. “We invited him (Sheriff) for questioning. As I speak to you, he did not honour that invitation. Once the commission invites a suspect in a matter and he fails to honour the invitation, options are opened to us. We might declare him wanted. Yes, we might do that.”