More than 20 prominent politicians have been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since the investigation into the diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms to fight insurgency during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration started.
So far, only one person from the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Lawal Ja’afaru Isa (rtd), has been arrested, the others are members of the Peoples Democratic Party. Isa, a close political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari was arrested in connection with the misappropriation of funds in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Jonathan’s administration. He was later released after he returned the money he got to the EFCC.
Today, reports surfaced that a former chieftain of the APC,Tom Ikimi has been arrested by the anti-graft agency for his role in the arms deal scam.
Here are some things you need to know about Ikimi.
1. He was born on August 17, 1941 in Kumba-Southern, Cameroons to John Onile Ikimi and Victoria Isiemoa Ikimi.
2. He is from Igueben local government area, Edo state.
3. Education: Ikimi attended St. Joseph’s College Sasse-Buea, Southern Cameroons between 1957-1961. He got his technical education from January 1966 – December 1967 at the Midwestern Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo state, where he obtained Ordinary National Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering. He obtained a B. Arch (Hons) degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Architectural School, Zaria in 1973.
4. In 1995, Ikimi was appointed the minister of foreign affair during late Nigerian dictator General Sanni Abacha’s regime.
5. He was chairman of ECOWAS council of ministers and ECOWAS committee of Nine on Liberia(C-9) from 26 July 1996
6. Ikimi is married with three sons and a daughter.
7. He was the one who moved the motion in late 1970 at the NUNS convention in Zaria to readmit the Eastern Unions back into the NUNS at the end of the civil war.
8. Ikimi was a foundation member and member of Board of Trustees of All Peoples Party (APP) in 1999-2001.
9. He joined the PDP in 2001 and was chairman of the party’s national convention presidential election panel in January 2003.
10. He was the foundation member and national leader of the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) 2005-2006.
11. He was foundation member and member of the national caucus Action Congress party. He led the party to win the governorship elections in Edo State in 2007.
12. Ikimi played a major role in the merger between major opposition parties, Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance to form the APC.
13. He left the APC in 2014 after he failed to emerge as the party chairman few months after its formation, to support former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second term.