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    Friday, 11 December 2015

    Anti-corruption war : EFCC,ICPC are toothless bulldogs -rights activist

      By Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman

    A frontline human rights activist in Nigeria and Executive
    Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice(CHRSJ),Comrade
    Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman has described the two anti-graft bodies in the
    Country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and
    Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission
    (ICPC) as toothless bull dog that could only bark but could not

    He insisted that fighting against the menace of corruption in the land
    had been meaningful since the era of former Chairman of the
    EFCC,Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

    The rights activist also warned the State governors in Nigeria against
    their proposed reduction in unpaid N18,000 minimum wage to government workers, noting that the endemic of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigeria system affects the most of the State governors who were agitating for the reduction of minimize wage now, because most of the governors in Nigeria have siphoned the meager resources allocated to their State during the boom.

    He added that most of the governors had used their positions to amass
    debt for their States under the guise of proposing capital projects
    for their States and today, some of the acclaimed capital project were
    not seeing the light of the day, but instead to tell the truth that
    the debt in cure for their State were affecting their Federal Monthly
    allocation, they keep on mis-informing the people that the Federal
    Government still owing them some funds for capital project in their
    various States.

     Sulaiman made the observation on Wednesday during an
    interactive session at the 15th Annual Conference of Nigeria Network
    of NGOs(NNNGO)  with a theme "Global Good Practices in NGO
    regulations",held at the NECA house,plot A2,Hakeem Balogun
    Street,Central Business District,Alausa,Ikeja,Lagos State,he warned
    the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari against
    paying lip service to the fight against the menace of corruption that
    was hinder the development and progress of the country.

    CHRSJ chief maintained that the present administration of Buhari
    should come out to fight the menace with all sincerity,not with
    propaganda or noise making,urging the present government to re-open
    the investigation on  Halliburton projects which involved few leading
    figures in the Country,so as to let Nigerians believed in the current
    fight of Buhari's government  against corruption.

    According to Sulaiman:"It seems the two anti-graft bodies, the
    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are toothless bull dog that can only bark but not bite, because the serious fight against corrupt in the land had been heard  last during the tenure of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as EFCC  Chairman. Since Ribadu left office due to political innuendo, nothing meaningful has been heard about the fight against the menace of corruption again. The end of the fight against
    corruption in Nigeria was as result of introduction of plea bargaining
    and cosmetically treatment/investigation which lead to the striking
    out of series of  corrupt cases leveled against some individuals, by
    the Court of competent jurisdiction in the country.

    "President Buhari should follow his inaugural speech to the letter by
    not belonging to anybody but belonging to everybody in the fight
    against the menace of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics
    of Nigeria system which we have tagged as deadly virus/disease that
    created sharp inimical to the success and progress of Nigeria and
    counter-pose the development of the nation.Until President Buhari
    fight the corruption with all sincerity, Nigerians will believe him
    that the fight against corruption is not selective'

    Referring the anti-graft bodies to the series of Petition Letters
    wrote by his organizations-Center for Human Rights and Social
    Justice(CHRSJ) and Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of
    Osun State(CSCEO) against some individuals like Osun State governor,Mr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola,former Governor of Lagos State and River state,Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola,the newly appointed Ooni of Ife,Oba Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi  and host of others  and the graft bodies were yet to come out with the outcome of their investigation since many months of receiving the said petitions.

    Sulaiman therefore called on the anti-graft bodies to wake up from
    their slumber and be alive to their responsibility as enshrined
    respectively in line with part vii (38) (1) of the miscellaneous
    provision of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)&Corrupt Practices and other related offences act, 2000 as stipulated by section 15(5) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(FRN).

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