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Buhari’s anti-graft war: Quit now, Transparency Centre tells DG NBC



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A civil society organization involved in probity activism, Transparency Centre, has called on the Director-General of the National broadcasting Commission, NBC, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, to quit office as the ICPC is said to have concluded arrangements to arraign him and others before an Abuja Federal High Court over alleged diversion of public funds.

There has been searchlight on Ishaq Modibbo Kawu and a private firm, Pinnacle Communication Nigeria Limited, over alleged diversion of N2.5billion naira to the private communication company.

In a statement issued by Transparency Centre Program Officer, Wale Adegoke, the group called on Modibbo to quit office immediately in order not to interfere with the process of prosecution or use his office to temper with incontrovertible evidence at the disposal of the ICPC.
According to the anti-graft watchdog, one of the much pronounced policies of the Buhari government is to wage war against corruption by using effectively agencies of government established to fight the scourge such as CCB, EFCC and ICPC among others.

“It is on this premise that we wish to make this clarion call on Modibbo to resign just in same manner that Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Walter Onnonge and the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun honourably resigned from office due allegation labeled against them.

“It is almost a year that the press broke the news of the alleged fraud of this monumental proportion, yet; Nigerians are yet to understand why Modibbo continue to occupy his seat with above the syndrome.

“The scandal which started like a rumour has placed a moral burden on Modibbo to step down without further delay or dragging down the institution of the broadcasting regulatory agency with him.

“It is on record on record that Modibbo made false allegation against Nasir El-Rufai former of FCT on the back page edition of Daily Trust of September 20th 2007. El-rufai fought the matter without the privilege of using the incumbency government exalted office”

The statement stated that there is an urgent need for an in-depth look at financial transactions of the NBC under the present management in order to determine compliance with due process.
“We urge ICPC and the judiciary to ensure return/refund the funds looted belonging to the Nigerian people and equally made to face the law including others beneficiaries being investigated to serve as deterrents to others and to realize that public office is a trust and must be held responsible and accountable.”

The group added that “the grass cutting scandal that removed former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, was in the range of N500 million. In this Modibbo matter the humongous sum of N 2.5 billion is the amount someone transferred to the account of a private firm.”

They threatened to mobilize other CSOs, Concerned Staff of NBC and other patriotic Nigerians for mass action if nothing is done to save the image of NBC.

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