By Monday Ijeh
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), the Network Against Corruption and Trafficking Initiative (NACAT), has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its initiatives to revisit corruption cases against former governors.
Mr Tega Oghenedoro, the Executive Director in charge of Investigation of the CSO, gave the commendation at a media briefing on Monday, in Abuja.
According to him, the EFCC’s decision to revisit the corruption cases against former governors is laudable and has the support of all CSOs in Nigeria, especially that of the NACAT.
“We are, however, concerned by the fact that, in spite of the plethora of facts and figures, audit reports and account statements, submitted to the EFCC, indicting former Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, nothing tangible is seen to have happened.
“NACAT is hereby calling on the EFCC to make the status report of the documents submitted to it public as the curious Nigerians are wishing to know.
“In our submission to the EFCC, we have asked salient questions which we believe are investigation worthy,” he said.
According to him, as an NGO, we have provided the Cross River account details and how monies were approved and diverted recklessly by Ayade led administration.
He said in the course of private and detailed investigation by NACAT, grey areas were highlighted the EFCC to focus on.
“Indeed the EFCC investigators commended us for such a diligent work, which has made their work easier.
“We, therefore, wonder why Ayade has not been invited, investigated and his prosecution, not commenced.
“We call on President Bola Tinubu to consolidate on his renewed thrust for fiscal probity and governance accountability by compelling the EFCC to beam its searchlight on the former governor of Cross River,” he added.
It will be recalled that the EFCC had reopened money laundering cases against 13 former governors, some of who were also former ministers, with the amounts involved running into over N853.8 billion.
The affected persons include two former Ekiti State governors, Kayode Fayemi and Ayo Fayose; former Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle; two former Enugu State governors, Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime
Others are former Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Adamu; former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili; former Abia State governor, Theodore Orji; former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje.
Also included are former Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamako; former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva; and former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola