Investigation Of N60bn Sale Proceeds Is A Welcomed Development
On behalf of the good people of Rivers State and Nigeria at large, The Patriots Alliance (TPA), commends the EFCC as it commences investigation into the controversial petition by a pro - PDP body - Integrity Group, against former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, bordering on issues pertaining the proceeds of sale of Rivers State government assets.
We are also happy that the EFCC has written to the Rivers State finance ministry, Accountant General demanding details of contracts. We believe that this move will put an end to the premature and endless name calling in Rivers State.
But in view of the Judgement procured by former Governor Peter Odili from Justice Buba of the Federal High Court, where he granted a perpetual injunction stopping security agencies including the EFCC from investigating the Governor of Rivers State for corruption, we are afraid that this present investigation is dead on arrival.
We understand that EFCC had immediately appealed the ruling in the Court of Appeal; but eight years after, the court is yet to hear the case. We are also aware that it is the same order of perpetual injunction that stalled EFCC's corruption and abuse of public office case against the present Governor of Rivers State - Barr. Nyesom Wike.
We hereby urge the EFCC as a matter of necessity and public good, to approach the Court of Appeal to set aside that obnoxious perpetual injunction as soon as possible. It is also necessary that the judiciary demonstrates a determination to combat corruption or frivolous corruption allegations by the quick dispensation of corruption cases at the courts. Where cases are allowed to linger in courts, it allows for the continued violations of the rights of the accused persons.
For: The Patriots Alliance