Human right organization based in Enugu, Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network, CRRAN, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to carry out a thorough, holistic investigation into the activities of former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime while in office.
President of the group, Olu Omotayo said in a press statement yesterday, that the EFCC should not only investigate Chime for N450 million campaign fund scandal, but other activities of Chime while in office.
Reacting on the backdrop of the recent investigation of the former governor by EFCC over the disbursement of N450 million released to him during the last general election by the former minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, CRRAN, pointed out that the investigation is even belated, because there were earlier petitions to EFCC that Chime be investigated that seemed to have been overlooked.
The statement reads in part, “We therefore demand that the Commission should do a holistic investigation as regards the pending petitions over the looting of the Enugu State treasury by Sullivan Chime Esq., and cronies, not just the issue of unlawful collection of the sum of N450 Million which is just a minute fraction of the massive looting of the treasury by Chime administration,” the organisation avers.
The organisation referred EFFC to an earlier petition written by Barr. Ray Nnaji, a former commissioner in Enugu State and a human rights activist, on how Chime allegedly, fraudulently governed the state.
“It is on record that several concerned citizens of the state among whom is Ray Nnaji Esq., a former Commissioner in the State and Rights Groups have demanded investigation into how the government of Sullivan Chime Esq., looted the treasury of Enugu State government during his 8years administration (2007-2015), but the EFCC threw all the complaints and petitions out through the window and swept anything remaining of the complaints under the carpet.
“It is also on record that the administration of Sullivan Chime Esq., mismanaged and misappropriated the local governments’ allocation running into several billions of naira during his 8 year tenure as the governor of the state.
“The award of contract for the new Enugu State Secretariat was shrouded in secrecy and it was awarded without following due process and the said contract sum was over bloated, while large expanse of land of the Enugu State International Conference Center (construction of which was commenced by government of former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani) was illegally acquired and converted to personal estate of the son of former Governor Sullivan Chime.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, despite all the complaints of massive looting of the state treasury made against Sullivan Chime Esq., and his cronies, refused to carry on any investigation and even frustrated all the efforts of Ray Nnaji Esq. to get an Order of Federal High Court to compel the Commission to investigate the petitions against Sullivan Chime Esq. and cronies,” the organisation pointed out.


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