Information available to 247ureports.com through sources in the Presidential villa in Abuja indicate that all might not be well with the former sports minister in the person of Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman. This is as the source revealed that Presidential orders may have been given for the arrest of the former Federal Minister of Sports over allegations of financial crimes committed while he served as the Federal Minister of Transportation prior to being reassigned to the sports minister desk.
As gathered, sources in the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, confirm that the President was concerned by the nature of allegations against Yusuf Suleiman and as a result, had ordered for security operatives to begin collation of the financial crimes. The order, according to the source at the NSA, was given before the sack of Yusuf Suleiman on December 2, 2011 by the President. It was revealed that the abrupt sack by the President was result of the compilation of financial crimes committed by the federal minister.
Specifically, 247ureports.com gathered that the troubles of the former Minister began when he clashed with one of the Managing Directors [MD] at the Federal Ministry of Transportation in mid-July of 2011. The MD who was staged at one of the maritime ports [NIMASA] – was said to be a front for one of the ex-militant popularly known as Tompolo. The clash between the Minister and the MD immediately resulted in the removal of the Transport Minister to a lesser influential Ministry [Sports Ministry] – and according to available information, the deposed Minister saw his removal from the Transport Ministry as an embarrassment – and was reportedly unhappy with President Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan.
Yusuf Suleiman’s redeployment to the Sports Minister’s desk was marred with inefficiencies, gross neglect and sharp practices – on the part of the new appointed minister. Sources indicate that the Minister was particularly unhappy to be at the sport ministry – and that he started to plot for his exit from the first day of his arrival to the Ministry. Yusuf Suleiman’s activities and demeanor at the sports ministry did not hide his feelings towards the ministry.
Just a few months following his redeployment, he was asked to submit his resignation to the President. He did and then joined the gubernatorial tussle for Sokoto State under the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]. Man within the presidency indicated that his folly into the gubernatorial race was to seek possible avenues of avoiding an arrest at the hands of federal security agents in the near future – through the immunity clause. But he was not able to obtain the PDP ticket to contest for the race.
Following the failed bid at the Sokoto race, the security officials has since upped the bid to arrest the former Minister – based on a petition penned by a group, Arewa Transparency & Accountability Forum, submitted to the Charmain of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC]. The petition detailed the financial crimes committed by the former minister as ranging from operation of foreign accounts [$1.9million in overseas UBA Bank Account number 03540131001727; N519million in overseas UBA bank Account number 00120020018111] – the deposits were made between the months of May and November 2010.
See Petition Below