Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion (born 13 May 1957)[1] was the governor of Edo State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.[2] He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion
Governor of Edo State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded byAnthony Onyearugbulem
Succeeded byOserheimen Osunbor
Personal details
Born (1957-05-13) 13 May 1957 (age 66)
SpouseMrs Eki Igbinedion
ChildrenDr Mrs Ehi Oni (nee Igbinedion), Mr Nosa Igbinedion Jr, Mr Osaretin Igbinedion, Ms Osasu Igbinedion, Mrs Zena Enaholo (nee Igbinedion), Ms Aize Ibginedion
Alma materJackson State University, Mississippi, US

Early life and education edit

Lucky is a son of Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of the Kingdom of Benin. He holds a BSc in marketing (1982) from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and an MBA (1983) from Jackson State University, Mississippi, in the United States.[3]

Career edit

Chief Igbinedion was appointed Mayor of Oredo Municipality (a local government area in Nigeria) in 1987 and held the position until 1989. In 1989, he was voted the Best Mayor in Nigeria and received an Award for his developmental efforts.[4]

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion was elected governor of Edo State in April 1999 Edo State gubernatorial election under PDP and was reelected in 2003. He and his deputy, Mike Oghiadomhe, held office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

During the period of his governorship, he established the Edo State Polytechnic Usen and was elected by his colleagues as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF).[5]

His wife, Eki Igbinedion, was active against the widespread sex trafficking of women from Edo State to Europe.[6] Eki Igbinedion founded the Idia Renaissance, a non governmental organization to combat trafficking in persons.

After leaving office edit

In January 2008 he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 142 counts of financial fraud. This concerns allegations that he embezzled US$24 million (£12m) using front companies. He handed himself over later that month.[7][8] The Benin Youth Council asked for an apology for statements implying he ran away from justice.[9]

In November 2021, he was also invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged criminal diversion of public fund to the tune of 1.6bn. [10][11]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Where is Lucky Igbinedion?". Archived from the original on 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "EFCC detains ex-governor Igbinedion over alleged N1.6 bilion fraud". 11 November 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  3. ^ Admin. "Lucky Igbinedion". Africa Confidential. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ Admin. "Lucky Igbinedion biography, net worth, age". Manpower. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ Admin. "Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion (2006-2007) - Nigeria Governors' Forum". NGF. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Nigeria: How We Made Prostitution Unattractive for Italy-Bound Girls - Igbinedion". 23 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Wanted Nigerian hands himself in". BBC. 21 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Nigeria: Igbinedion Reports to EFCC, Detained and convicted with an option of fine". 21 January 2008.
  9. ^ Nigerian Tribune Archived 29 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "EFCC arrest former Edo state governor Igbinedion ova N1.6 billion fraud allegation". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  11. ^ "EFCC invites Lucky Igbinedion over alleged N1.6bn Fraud". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 12 November 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2023.

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