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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded plans to prosecute three persons who allegedly altered the 2022 presidential pardon list.
The former governors of Plateau and Taraba states – Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame – were among prisoners whose names were on the pardon list.
The three indicted persons, according a report of investigation by the EFCC, allegedly altered the report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy (PACPM) to include the name of a jailed former Managing Director (MD) of a bank, whose case was never considered by the committee.
The EFCC report exonerated the Acting Director of the Administration of Criminal Justice and Reforms Department (ACJRD), Mrs. Leticia Ayoola-Daniels, and another official of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The three persons indicted in the EFCC report include a senior official in the secretariat of the PACPM, an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice and an agent of the former bank MD.
The EFCC’s investigation, The Nation learnt, was informed by a June 6, 2022 letter from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (OAGF) requesting the probe of members of the PACPM for alleged conspiracy, abuse of office, bribery and corruption.
The AGF had constituted the PACPM to collate applications on cases of people in custody or who were serving jail terms, deserved presidential pardon and prerogative of mercy, and advised President Muhammadu Buhari accordingly.
The PACPM concluded its assignment and submitted a report which was presented to President Buhari and the Council of State on April 14, 2022.
The report was later found to have been altered to include the name of the jailed former Managing Director of a bank, who was not among the names recommended for pardon.
According to the EFCC’s report, dated July 27, 2022, a copy of which The Nation sighted yesterday in Abuja, investigation revealed that a member of PACPM secretariat and an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice got money from an agent of the jailed banker to insert his name on the list.
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