Corruption: Buhari shielding Oshiomhole from investigation, says HURIWA •Decries pervasive graft in NNPC, nation’s judiciary

Posted by News Express | 29 August 2018 | 2,702 times

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•HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko

A prominent pro-transparency and non-governmental organisation, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has accused President Buhari of protecting the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, from investigation for alleged corruption.

The group leveled the allegation in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, in which it said that Oshiomhole, the immediate past governor of Edo State, has pending petitions at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “over large-scale fraud in Edo State”.

HURIWA also upbraided President Buhari “for protecting his aides, ministers and staff found to have committed huge amount of corruption, and for parading fake certificates.”

The group wondered why erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawan implicated in multimillion naira alleged heist of internally displaced persons’ fund and those who were implicated in the $25 billion NNPC contract scam are yet to be prosecuted.

HURIWA said that the failure of President Buhari to show good example by firing two of his officials – the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and his senior Special Assistant on prosecution Mr. Obono Obla indicted for parading allegedly forged exemption certificate from the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) and fake WAEC certificate, “is the greatest act of tolerating corruption at the highest levels”.

In the statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA accused the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of monumental corruption just as the rights group questioned why the $25 billion contract scam in NNPC has been swept under the carpet.

HURIWA similarly accused the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, of lack of willpower in the fight against pervasive corruption within the judiciary.

The group lamented that “massive corruption and bribery in the judiciary has gravely damaged the integrity of the justice system even as the Rights group accused the Chief Justice of Nigeria of failing to provide responses to a validly presented request based on the freedom of information Act regarding an official memorandum by president Buhari to the Chief Justice of Nigeria in which the presidency rejected five nominees for judicial elevation on the ground that they are unfit to be so elevated.”

HURIWA accused the Chief justice of Nigeria of keeping in office top officials rejected for appointments into higher judicial offices.

 


Source: News Express

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