- Says Ex-Govs who stole must get N20bn bail minimum
- There should be complete overhaul of EFCC
President of Ijaw Media Forum, IMF and frontline social critic, Comrade Asu Beks, has alerted on the dangers of the emerging plea-bargains which have seen many former public office holders pay allegedly ridiculous amounts as bail fees, compared to the huge amounts of money unaccounted for under their respective stewardships.
He made the assertion in an interview with Nigerian Pilot and took a swipe at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for what he called its lame duck approach to its statutory mandate.
According to the IMF leader, “for a president who came with the toga of fighting corruption, by now he should have met with all arms of government on his agenda in this respect. Till now, he has not met with the judiciary; and many people are not happy with the way things are going on there. And since the president is not getting it right there, it means it is business as usual in that critical arm of government.”
Asu Beks underscored his argument with the recent arraignment of immediate past Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, querying his bail on self-recognition.
He said: “Can you imagine that the former Jigawa State governor was accused of monumental fraud; and before we knew it, he was given bail on self-recognition? How can this approach prove that this government means business? The minimum in this respect for all former governors who have allegedly stolen billions of naira must be N20billion. Why did they give former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim a bail condition of N270million? This has never happened in the history of prosecuting public officers for such offences. Or are they saying that the former governor is of a peculiar stalk that former Delta State governor, James Ibori and others do not belong to?”
He wondered why the All Progressives Congress, APC government, in conjunction with the EFCC are only prosecuting Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s former governors.
“As we speak, APC is not ready to fight corruption. From what is going on, they are only fighting against PDP former governors. What are they saying about Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rab’iu Kwankwaso and the others? Are they saying there are no cases against them?
Buhari must stop playing on the intelligence of Nigerians and fight the anti-corruption war all round,” he said.
On the EFCC, Comrade Beks said the agency needs total and complete overhaul. He wondered why it took the coming of Buhari for the EFCC to be alive to its mandate. However, the IMF chief punctured the commission’s renewed anti-graft fight, saying that “it is hollow, cosmetic and face-saving.” He called for the sack of the leadership, “for the politics they are playing. For your information, we now have a political EFCC.”