Fight Corruption or Face Mass Action, CNPP tells F.G

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called for an immediate change that will see the police or another entity prosecuting cases of corruption following the compromise of anti-corruption agencies that are traditionally saddled with the responsibility failing which Nigerians would be compelled to resort to mass action to make government act.
CNPP was reacting to what it described as ‘the apparent inaction on the part of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) several weeks after the National Assembly exposed corruption in the administration of fuel subsidy, pension administration and the capital market.
A statement by the CNPP said the conference was worried that the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde is still in office after being named as one of the beneficiaries of the Pension Scam while the ICPC has not deemed it fit to explore areas where it can come to the rescue of the country where it s sister agency has failed.
“The EFCC has sold Nigerians lies to cover up for its compromised situation. How else can one explain the fact that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta, Abubakar Kigo is the highest ranking person to have gone on trial for the rot exposed in the sector while the man that was exposed as the mastermind, Abdulazeez Maina, Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team is walking free and is even reported to be calling the shots at the EFCC? Why have Nigerians been denied of a documentary evidence of the N2 billion allegedly recovered at Kigo’s residence? And why has that money not been tendered as exhibit in court plus where is the money now?” The Statement by CNPP’s Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu queried.
The conference said the EFCC and ICPC have also not done anything about the corruption that was exposed in fuel subsidy administration. It said “We have shouted ourselves hoarse on this matter that those responsible for ruining the country through corruption should be brought to book but there has not been a single shift in disposition of these agencies. Fraud has also been exposed in the nation’s capital market yet those running the anti-corruption agencies have deemed it un-necessary to act.”
“EFCC has turned into a PR firm for those that it should ordinarily be investigating and prosecuting; the anti corruption fight has now been reduced into a media event while the incumbent head of the commission has himself admitted that the place that should be combating corruption itself reeks from sleaze. The only thing the commission does diligently these days is to serve as a debt collection agent for business men while its original mandate wastes away.” CNPP said.
CNPP said it is aligning itself with the positions canvassed by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), United Action for Democracy (UAD) and other groups that have vowed to take over the streets through mass action if the issue of corruption is not tackled frontally. “President Jonathan’s options in this matter are very few at this stage, anything short of sacking the present leadership of EFCC and ICPC are totally unacceptable. In addition, we expect that the police be immediately strengthened to prosecute all the cases in which the two agencies are known to have been compromised, particularly the pension scam, fuel subsidy scam and the Capital Market. The Senate Committee on Pension also stated clearly that the police or a private investigator should take over the investigation of that sector while Honorable Farouk Lawan had to urge Nigerians to demand action on the fuel subsidy probe report, all because the anti corruption agencies are compromised.” It said.


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