Sale Mamman, a native of Taraba, was appointed as the Minister of Power by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2019. However, his tenure was cut short as he was dismissed exactly two years later in 2021. Mamman’s arrest signifies a significant development in the fight against corruption and reinforces the government’s commitment to ensuring accountability in the execution of vital power projects.
- Former Minister of Power Arrested: Sale Mamman, the former Minister of Power, has been apprehended by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with an alleged N22 billion fraud. The arrest took place in the early hours of Wednesday, and Mamman was subsequently detained at the EFCC headquarters.
- Investigation into Power Project Corruption: The arrest of Mamman is a significant development in the ongoing investigation by the EFCC into corruption allegations surrounding the execution of power projects. It is alleged that Mamman conspired with Ministry staff responsible for the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects. Together, they diverted a staggering N22 billion, which was then shared among themselves.
- Recovery of Assets and Currency: As part of the investigation, the EFCC has made notable progress in uncovering properties in Nigeria and overseas that are linked to the suspects involved in the fraud. Additionally, substantial amounts of Nigerian naira and United States dollars have been recovered as evidence.