HURIWA made the claim while condemning what it called the “continuous manifestation of deep rooted double standards in the anti-graft crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”
This was as HURIWA canvassed for an all-inclusive fight against the scourge of corruption.
The body lamented that the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headed by acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu has “unabashedly demonstrated his affiliation to the ruling All Progressives Congress”.
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA claimed that the “EFCC only targets political opponents of the President.”
Citing the instance of the failure of president Buhari to adopt constitutionally guaranteed yardstick in prosecuting all indicted top security officials in the alleged arms procurement scandal, the Rights group stated that the refusal to try the duo of internal Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau and the National Security Adviser Major General Babagana Monguno has shown that the entire claims of the current government to be committed to the anti-graft war remains substantially “a sham and a politically motivated witch-hunt directed at the main opposition party of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
HURIWA accused the governmemt of facilitating the escape to foreign jurisdiction of the erstwhile Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and his wife just few days before the EFCC belatedly filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos over the discovery of over $45million USD cash in an Ikoyi flat in Lagos state.
The rights group wondered why President Buhari is picking and choosing who to drag before the competent court of law for prosecution over the alleged $2 Billion USD arms procurement scam even as the group condemns the prolonged detention of erstwhile National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki over the same allegations for which the duo of Monguno and Danbazau were allegedly indicted.
HURIWA also charged President Muhammadu Buhari to “free with immediate effect all political prisoners including Deji Adeyanju; Sambo Dasuki and Sheikh Ibraheem ElZaczacky and his wife.”
The statement reads: “The basic tenet of justice is that he who goes to equity must go with clean hands. We are shocked beyond belief that a government that makes heavy weather of a so-called fight against corruption has clearly extended illegal immunity to friends of the government who are involved in corruption but has gone after political opponents. Again, there are allegations of corruption by relatives of the President including members of the unelected cabal in the Presidential villa Abuja who have become super billionaires since the current President came on board nearly four years now but all these well grounded allegations made by Buba Galadims a former acolyte of Buhari and Jinaidu Mohammed a former house of representatives member from Kano state have been swept under the filthy carpets of impunity by the current administration.
“It is only in a banana republic that for over two years after they were recommended for probe, the Federal Government has yet to investigate and charge the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno; and the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) even as the two ex-generals were recommended for probe by the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces from 2007 to 2015.”
HURIWA recalled that Moguno was recommended for probe over the procurement of weapons during his time as the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency from July 2009 to September 2011 while Dambazau was recommended for investigation following alleged suspicious contracts awarded when he was Chief of Army Staff from 2008 to 2010.
“The fourth interim report of the committee which was signed by the President of the committee, Air vice Marshal John Ode (rtd.), recommended the investigation of 25 former officials of the Ministry of Defence, 16 retired generals and 44 companies.
HURIWA quoted the report as saying: “The sum of $5, 152, 792.44 equivalent to N772, 918, 866.60 at N150 per dollar was also transferred to unknown offshore accounts for unspecified purposes.
“The account was closed on December 1, 2011 with a closing balance of $0.0. Lt.Gen AB Dambazau (rtd.) and Maj. Gen Charles Airhiavbere should be further investigated for the operation of the account.”
Some others named in the report include a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba (rtd.), and a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Onyeabor Ihejirika (rtd.).
HURIWA recalled succinctly that “While Ezeoba has been taken to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and made to return N1.8bn, Ihejrikia’s properties worth billions of naira have been seized by the government. A former Accountant-General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla, who was also named in the report, has been arraigned by the EFCC for alleged diversion of N2bn.However, both Dambazau and Monguno, who are appointees of President Buhari have neither been charged nor listed as looters by the Federal Government.”
Ondo Communal Clash: Death Toll Rises To Four
Gbenga Akinpelumi, one of the locals that were attacked during a communal clash in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State is dead, SaharaReporters can confirm.
A relative of Akinpelumi, who does not want his name published, disclosed the sad news to SaharaReporters on Friday.
He said Akinpelumi sustained injuries from the gunshots which penetrated his abdomen.
“Akinpelumi could not survive the surgeries carried out on him by the doctors. Sadly, we lost him at exactly 12: 48 midnight on Thursday,” the relative said on the phone.
Akinpelumi, a farmer, was among those injured and rushed to the Trauma and Surgical Centre, Ondo shortly after the clash between the locals.
The clash occurred between the people of Araromi Obu living in Ago Alaye town and the Ikale community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State.
Both southern communities in Ondo State were fighting over a “land” as no fewer than eight persons were injured while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attacks.
With the sad development, the death toll in the community has risen to four while the remaining injured are still receiving various treatments in the hospital.
Meanwhile, it was gathered on Friday that the residents of Ago Alaye town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state have now deserted the community over the fear of another attack.
This development led to the declaration of a 24-hour curfew on the town by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu with a charge on security agencies to beef up security in the nook and cranny of the community.
The governor has also embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the communities with a warning that any person found culpable in the violence would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He said, “Our administration will not condone any form of criminalities in the state.”
The governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, the Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, and other security chiefs.
When he visited the palace of the Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola, the governor assured him of maximum security of lives and property of the people of the town.
He said, “Our government is ready to take action on Ago Alaye community if the violence persists.”
Akeredolu, who said security forces were on the ground to maintain peace and order, commended the monarch for maintaining peace in the community by appealing to the people against a reprisal.
“I have heard that you called your subjects that there should not be any reprisal. You have maintained peace within Araromi community. We thank you for that. We will not allow miscreant to disturb the peace in this community.”
At the palace of Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Faduyile, the governor pleaded with the traditional rulers in Ikaleland to caution their subjects.
Akeredolu added that the state government would set up a committee to look into the cause of conflict.
Transfer: Guardiola reveals player he would love to sign for Man City
The Premier League champions have failed to replace Vincent Kompany, after the Belgian decided to quit the Etihad after 10 years, to become player-manager at Anderlecht.
City are refusing to meet Leicester’s £90million valuation of Harry Maguire, while reports of a possible move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias has been dismissed by club officials.
That means City could go into the new season with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood Bellis.
“We are so happy with the squad we have.
“I don’t know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but since I came here I have been delighted with the players we have.
“Maybe we (will replace Kompany), but we have three incredible central defenders.
“And Fernandinho can play in that position, also. We will see,” Guardiola told reporters on their pre-season tour.
City have so far spent a club-record £63million on Spanish midfielder Rodri and £6million to bring back full-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.
United States Of Biafra: Asari Dokubo Urges Niger Deltans To Join South-east, Slams Northerners
Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force has declared his support for the actualization of Biafra while calling on Niger Delta people to return home following threats from Arewa youths.
His declaration came on the heels of northerners asking herdsmen to leave the South and the suspended implementation of Ruga settlements in parts of Nigeria.
Dokubo made his position known in a meeting with leaders of Niger Delta states.
He said: “We, the people of the Niger Delta today, resolved to be part and parcel of the actualization the United States of Biafra.
“What has brought us here today is the dark cloud that is gathering. In 1967, we did not ask for war, war was imposed on us and millions of our people were killed. Our properties were destroyed and so many people until today are carrying the scars of that imposed war.
“Our people have not gone to Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno to ask that land be forcefully given to us or that our resources should be used to give us properties in the north.
“But northern organizations and northern individuals have come up to say we must surrender our land to them to create colonies on our land. Are you going to allow that?
“We will not surrender one grain of sand of our sacred land to anybody. We will stand on our land and wait for you to come and carry out your threat and inshallah by the grace of God we will defeat you.
“We have heard that you have called your people to come back home. They should all go, we will assist them to leave (because) this is what we have been looking for all along.
“We call on our people, Igbo, Ibibio, Ikwerre, Ijaw return back home. If anything happens to you and this coward spines on you, you would have yourself to blame. We would not continue to risk our integrity and our pride because of you, return home now.
“We extend a hand of fellowship to our brothers in the middle belt who are suffering the same pain and deprivation as we do. We are with you in your hours of grief and pain and we will stand with you to the end.
“To our Yoruba brothers in Afenifere, and the leader of Afenifere whose daughter has been gruesomely murdered by this Gambari invaders. We condole with you but this is the price we have to pay to wake up.”
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