CSOs CAUTION EFCC AND ARTHUR EZE ON MEDIA TRIAL OF OLEJEME

 

A leading Civil Society Organisation, Conscience Nigeria in collaboration with  25 other Civil Society Organisations at a World Press Conference in Abuja led by  mohammed hussein lambasted the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) led by Ibrahim Magu on the agency’s partisanship  in a civil matter between Chief Arthur Eze, an oil magnate and Dr Ngozi Olejeme, former Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) which is already before a court of competent jurisdiction   in Abuja. The group condemned the action of EFCC officials that stormed the house of Olejeme at 6am on Saturday  for unlawful harrasment and intimidation of a respected citizen on the instruction of Chief Eze in collaboration with Magu even though the matter is already before an Abuja High  Court   where processes have been completed and served on all parties.”When has the EFCC become a judge in a matter that is already before our respected lordships for adjudication? We are amazed at the brazen action of the officials that came with so much force and intimidation of a law abiding citizen.”It would be  recalled, sometimes early  this year,Chief  Eze had alleged that the former NSITF chairman had gotten a loan   of $2.8million from him and another N240 million naira to prosecute her gubernatorial campaign in 2014 with a promise to pay back which Olejeme has vehemently  denied. “We don’t want to believe the assertion of Director General of State of State Security Services that EFCC now operate on gossips and rumor mongering to harass perceived enemies in its operation at his submission at National assembly investigative hearing”, the CSOs declared. They went ahead to demand for the sack of Magu and appointment of another head for the agency.  “We therefore call on Mr President to call Magu to order and equally stop media trial of perceived suspect and concentrate on prosecuting cases to logical conclusion. We appeal to Mr President to get a responsible head to mann the agency because of it’s strategic importance to the war on corruption which is dear to this administration We certainly cannot continue this way”.

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