Modu Sheriff

A former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, who surrendered himself to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, has been set granted bail.

He was granted an administrative bail Thursday evening, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwajeren, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES.

Although Mr. Sheriff has been set free, “we can ask him to come back at anytime we need him,” Mr. Uwajuren said.

No charges have been pressed and trial has not commenced. Specific allegations against the former governor are unclear at this time. Sources said the investigation is related to allegations that parts of the N300billion his administration received from the Federation Account between 2003 and 2011.

Mr. Sheriff governed Borno State on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party at the said time. The investigation began in 2012 and had been ongoing ever since.

Mr. Sheriff had untill now shunned previous invitations by the EFCC but voluntarily handed himself in the previous day.

The former Borno governor has also been accused of having links to Boko Haram, the terror sect in northeastern Nigeria.

A 2010 Intelligence report by a Nigerian security agency suggested that Mr. Sheriff was personally involved in the recruitment, training and dispatch of Boko Haram fighters, under the full cover of Idris Deby, the Chadian president.

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