EFCC now a manipulative tool of APC

After succumbing to nationwide condemnation of its illegal
freezing of Benue State Government accounts, the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has resorted to yet another
shameful act in its desperation to cripple governance in the state.
The anti-graft agency’s latest move is the bandying of figures in
national dailies claiming that such figures are those of
transactions in the accounts owned by the Benue State
Government.
In The Nation newspaper of Saturday August 11, 2018, EFCC
claimed among other things that a staff of the Benue State
Government whose name it gave as ‘Agbo Amada’ has been
sacked “to avoid making him available for interrogation”.
The commission could not disclose where the said government
staff worked before he was sacked obviously because such a
person does not exist.
It released figures allegedly withdrawn from the Benue State
Government accounts without disclosing the dates of the
withdrawals and the period during which they were made.
The commission has also not been able to state accounts into
which such monies withdrawn were paid to prove that the funds
had been diverted.
EFCC is contented with publishing the figures without stating how
impropriety has been established.
Are government monies supposed to be kept in the accounts
indefinitely without expenditure?
Their objective is apparently to give Governor Samuel Ortom and
his administration a bad name.
On this score, it is clear that the EFCC has now become both a
strike squad of the APC for torment, and their law court for the trial
and conviction of political opponents.
Only an agency which has the mandate of ruining the reputation of
persons perceived to be political opponents of the ruling party
would descend to the low level the EFCC is currently heading to, by
circulating figures in the conduct of a media trial of Governor
Ortom.
The agency has ridiculously assumed the role of a law court by
passing judgments over political opponents as it is doing at the
moment against the Governor.
Perhaps, only in this country can such impunity be encouraged by
the government at the centre.
EFCC should be ashamed to have lied to Nigerians that it began
investigation of the present administration in Benue State two
years ago. The evidence is that the commission commenced the
witch-hunt when it became clear that Governor Ortom was on his
way out of the ruling APC.
Since then, no day passes without the commission harassing
officials of the State Government. Some of the affected officials
are threatened and manhandled once they are taken into custody
at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja.
But certain things remain clear.
One of them is that Nigerians are wise enough to read in between
the lines to know where the smear campaign has originated and to
dismiss it accordingly.
The commission may torment and persecute Governor Ortom and
his subordinates on the directives of the powers that be as much
as it serves their purposes, but he will neither be distracted nor
reconsider his defection from APC.
Besides, any genuine, fair, just and equitable investigation will
surely exonerate Governor Ortom.
We alerted Nigerians about the organized smear campaign against
the Governor by enemies of Benue State who are using a minority
group of lawmakers in the State House of Assembly to remove the
Governor.
With their failure to impeach the Governor through the House of
Assembly, the plotters quickly engaged EFCC to begin his
prosecution on the pages of newspapers.
This too will fail.

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2 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. hmmm

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