Nigeria: EFCC Detains Ex-Governor Al-Makura’s Son Over N130 Million Property
His detention comes about nine months after the EFCC arrested his father, Tanko Al-Makura, a serving senator, and his wife, Mairo, in July last year.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has grilled a son of a former Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Malkura, over a suspicious purchase of property worth N130 million.
Sources at the commission with first hand information on the matter but barred from speaking to the media about it, said 24-year-old Amir Al-Makura, paid N96million cash “in foreign currency equivalent” as part-payment for the property.
“In furtherance to our Real Estate investigation, we invited Amir Tanko Almakura the son of Senator Almakura.
“The suspect is a 24-year-old and he bought a house in Bilaad Realty Ltd worth N130,000,000.00 and he has paid the sum of N96,000,000.00 cash in Foriegn currency equivalent,” the source said.
The source said Amir reported to the commission “but has failed to explain the source of the money or give genuine explanation on how the property was acquired.”
The source said the suspect is still in detention because he has yet to meet the bail conditions granted him.
“He has been detained pending meeting bail conditions,” the source said.
EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.
Amir’s detention comes about nine months after the EFCC arrested his father, Mr Al-Makura, a serving senator, and his wife, Mairo, in July last year.
Sources said their arrest related to an alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of funds allegedly perpetrated during the former governor’s eight-year administration as Nasarawa State governor.
Mr Al-Makura served as Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected into the National Assembly as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District.
PREMIUM TIMES would later understand that EFCC arrested the couple on suspicion of involvement in dirty money flow.
Some suspicious transactions involving the couple, their companies, including Ta’al hotel in Lafia, and some businesses, said the EFCC arrested the couple on suspicion of involvement in dirty money flow.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that about 55 accounts controlled by the couple and their companies were involved in the suspicious transactions, amounting to billions of naira, when Mr Al-Makura was the governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019.
When contacted for his comment, the ex-governor’s spokesperson, Danjuma Joseph, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that he was not aware of the detention of the former governor’s son.