Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is a Nigerian politician and current governor of Kebbi State. He was previously elected Senator for the Kebbi Central constituency of Kebbi State, Nigeria in a by-election after Senator Adamu Aliero was appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in December 2008.
Atiku Bagudu was born into a wealthy home; his father was the Director of primary Education in Kebbi State. He had a close relationship with former head of state Major General Sanni Abacha. Atiku Bagudu is married to Aisha Bagudu.
|Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State||Bsc. In Economics|
|University of Jos||Msc. In Economics|
|Columbia University||M.A in International Affairs|
26 December 1961
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Bagudu was a known associate of former Nigerian Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who together with Abubakar Atiku Bagudu allegedly systematically looted billions of dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria and laundered the money overseas (Switzerland) using the U.S. financial institutions, among others. In 2014, in the US District Court, Washington DC, in the Case No.13-cv-1832-JDB (USA v. All Assets Held in Account Number 80020796), the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) found their (Abacha, Bagudu, at al) companies guilty of money laundering and described the indictment as “the largest kleptocracy case in its history.” Bagudu was arrested and released on bail (pending extradition) to his wife, Aisha Bagudu on 19 November 2003, after about six months detention (22 May – 19 Nov, 2003) in a Federal Facility in Houston, Texas, USA.
Bagudu succeeded Adamu Aliero when he won the by-election for the Kebbi Central Senatorial seat following Aliero’s appointment to become the Minister for FCT in the 6 April 2011 elections. Bagudu won for the PDP with 173,595 votes. His predecessor Adamu Aliero, who had moved to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), came second with 137,299 votes and Aliyu Bello Mohammed of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) trailed with 11,953 votes.
Awards & Honours
Road construction around Kebbi State especially Aliero Quarters and Bayan-Kara areas.
- Allegedly looted Billions of dollars for Major General Sanni Abacha.