The Human Rights Liberty Accessand Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for lack of political will to prosecute ex-governors and other political leaders who defrauded and enriched themselves with public money.
The rights group which made the call in a press conference in Abuja after their meeting specifically referred to the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano who the Commission arrested as he was trying to escape to United States of America (USA), immediately the same day after handing over to his successor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
Chief Obiano who himself took over the mantle of leadership from Mr Peter Obi eight years ago allegedly left the State with over N100 billion debt and paltry sum of N300 million cash in Anambra State account without infrastructural development such as roads, water, electricity,security and engagement of youth.
“The State was battered economically,the local government election was not conducted for the whole of eight years of his administration and local government allocations were siphoned and diverted to private accounts” the group alleged.
In the press conference in Abuja, the president of HURIDE, Dede Uzor A Uzor, callef on Pesident Buhari to sanction and sack the EFCC chairman for non -prosecution of Willie Obiano for financial atrocities he committed against Anambrarians during his regime, saying that his only claimed achievement was the building of glorified warehouse called International Airport which are recently shattered by rampaging by a ferocious wind,an International Conference Centre and uncompleted stadium”.
These were what Chief Willie Obiano can boost of in eight years he was in office, stating that he lost touch with the people.
They said it was regrettably therefore that EFCC merely paraded yahoo boys with their laptops and refused to parade known criminals like ex -governors who siphoned the patrimony of their state.
” EFCC has devoted much interest in the arrest of yahoo boys,taking over the job of ICPC instead of advance fee fraud and financial crime which they were mandated to prosecute” said HURIDE.
President Buhari,said the rights group, should appoint a serious minded person who has the interest of Nigeria at heart and who is ready to step on toes of the rich and corrupt political leaders so as to rescue this nation from economic collapse,Dede fumed