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AGF, probe Buratai, Enelamah, Kyari, ors over corruption – CSNAC

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CSNAC urged AGF Malami to extend net of investigation to other members of the current administration who were alleged to be involved in shady deals

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), which is a coalition of over 150 anti- corruption organizations, has urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to extend its net of investigation to other members of the current administration who have been alleged to be involved in one shady deal or another. 

In a petition sent to Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, the coalition, the coalition through its chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, highlighted some of the corruption allegations levelled against the top government officials. 

According to the coalition, since “President Muhammadu Buhari had already given a directive for your office to investigate all top government officials accused of corruption, as a mark of our contribution to this process, in addition to allegations against the Acting EFCC Chairman and Secretary to Government of the Federation, listed below are some of the reported allegations of corruption and some of our reported petitions against officials of this government bothering on corruption for your appropriate investigation and necessary action.”

“RE: ABBA KYARI AND ABUSE OF OFFICE – This was a petition written and submitted to President Buhari on allegations of abuse of office for personal gains. 

“He was alleged to have abuse his membership of NNPC board to influence the award of contract to a highly indebted company, Valiant Offshore Contractors Limited, against the recommendation AMCON and at the expense of the country. 

“He was also accused of interfering in EFCC investigation of a fraud involving Sahara Energy. Attached is a copy of the petition.”

Secondly, “DEMAND FOR THE PROSECUTION OF GENERAL BURATAI BEFORE THE CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL FOR FALSE DECLARATION OF ASSETS”.

This was a petition submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau, demanding investigation and prosecution of the Chief of Army Staff, General Buratai on allegations of false declaration of assets and ownership of properties in Dubai, against the code for public office holders.

“It was dated 17th July, 2016.”

“RE: INVESTIGATION OF MONEY LAUNDERING ALLEGATION AGAINST MINISTER OKECHUKWU ENELAMAH AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDER, MTN”

“A petition dated 4th October, 2016 and submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission calling for an investigation into the alleged involvement of Minister of Trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and some banks in the illegal repatriation of $13.92b out of Nigeria illegally by the telecommunication company MTN.

“COVER UP OF CORRUPT PRACTICES OF MR. MIKE OKIRO, CHAIRMAN OF POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION BY ICPC – A joint petition authored by CSNAC and Network on Police Reform (NOPRIN) was dated 2nd September, 2016 and submitted to the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption accusing the ICPC of failure to prosecute and sanction Mr. Mike Okiro for his investigated and confirmed criminal diversion of N133 million public fund. 

“Mr. Okiro was also investigated and found culpable of fraudulently obtaining N4.6 million for a phantom trip in 2013.”

“BUHARI’S MINISTER OF INTERIOR DAMBAZAU OWNS $3 MILLION DOLLARS IN REAL ESTATE IN THE US, BILLIONS IN ABUJA:

“In a July 22, 2016 report by SaharaReporters, the current Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman DAMBAZAU was accused of ownership of properties in the United States America and Federal Capital Territory with a worth beyond his possible savings as a retired military officer. 

“The news medium provided documentary evidence of the properties and reports of its investigation into the allegation.

“You will recall that the name of Mr. Dambazau was allegedly removed from those indicted in the arms procurement corruption scandal.”

CSNAC wrote further that, “Honourable Attorney General, going by the broad mandate of Mr. President, as reported by Mallam Garba Shehu, on investigation of all allegations against officials of government, and our above stated allegations against some of your colleagues servicing in this government, an investigation conducted by your office, chamber of Attorney General, must not only be but seen to be impartial, honourable, independent and credible.”

“CSNAC is, therefore, by this letter demanding:

a. urgent compilation of all these cases and others in the public domain; 

b. conduct a thorough and impartial investigations into the allegations; and,

c. submit your findings with legal opinion to the president within a reasonable time. 

“It is through this that public confidence can effectively be mobilised and support galvanized for the government’s anti-corruption agenda,” the coalition stressed.

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