Introduction: Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is a Nigerian politician who was 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. He ran successfully for reelection in the April 2011 national elections in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He became the political party All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, and won the 2015 governorship election in the state.
NAME: His Excellency, SenatorAbubakar Atiku Bagudu
DATE OF BIRTH: 26 December 1961
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kebbi State
MARRIED TO: Aisha Bagudu
EDUCATION: B. Sc. (Economics), Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto; Msc (Economics)University of Jos and M.A. (International Affairs).
POLITICAL CAREER: 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.” A US District Court in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, in the case USA v. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Case No. H-03-434M) following a request titled ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU – EXTRADITION FROM THE U.S., PROVISIONAL ARREST, dated 11 April 2003 by the Home Office Judicial Cooperation Unit, London, UK, Bagudu was 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.