By Stanley Onyekwere
Coalition of about thirty Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has urged the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu to hands off ongoing pension probe by the Federal Government.
The Coalition led by the ‘I belong to one Nigeria Initiative’, said Magu cannot investigate a case that it is directly involved in.
Executive Coordinator of the group, Chief James Ezema who briefed newsmen on behalf of the CSOs in Abuja, said there is the need to Immediately Rescue the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration’s anti-corruption war from ridicule by corrupt agencies, in order to save Nigeria from total collapse.
He said, “As we are all aware, Nigeria as a country is in dare need of urgent rescue from the powerful forces holding her captive over the years.
“There was the hope of getting things right after the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, particularly based on his antecedents as a no nonsense anti-graft posture and consistent promises during the electioneering campaign in 2015.
“No doubt the President Buhari began well when he launched his anti-graft campaign after his inauguration on May 29, 2015.
“However, recent events has shown that some powerful corrupt forces within and embedded in his Administration, have not only permeated some anti-graft agencies but have hijacked the war on anti-corruption and today the hunters have vividly become the hunted.
“We, as responsible organisations who serve as watchdog cannot stand aside and look while our commonwealth is being re-looted by those who should be at the forefront of recovering looted funds and assets.
“We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the EFCC to hands off all investigation relating to pension fraud as the Commission having been indicted and obviously indicted itself in the alleged sharing of the looted funds and direct the Attorney
General of the Federation to institute an independent panel of enquiry with no police involved (police pension part of the STEALLING) to start this investigation from scratch to ascertain the level of impunity this relooting has reached.
“Nigerians should note that these looted assets are being shared in the guise of selling but below half of the market values of the recovered pension assets. It’s unfortunate that Mr. President is still watching the various reports of corrupt behaviours by Magu and still keep mum without taking immediate action to curtail his excesses by its vehement denial
“We equally call on Mr. President to immediately institute a public probe of the pension assets recovery, where all the suspects shall be summoned under Government protection to testify and tell Nigerians what and what assets were seized from them and where the assets are at the moment.
“The public probe panel should be made to verify all claims relating to pension assets recovery.
“The serving Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu and all former chairmen of the Commission, from Nuhu Ribadu to Farida Waziri, and Ibrahim Lamorde should be probed and compelled to state their positions regarding the various recovered assets and funds in their custody during their respective stewardship at the EFCC.”