Probe Petitions against Oshiomhole, AfBA urges EFCC


The president of the African Bar Association (AfBA), Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the petitions against the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Uwaifo stressed that the president must sanction the probe if indeed, he wants to prove that the anti-graft war is not selective as alleged by some Nigerians, adding that having such individual as the head of his party is a stain on him (Buhari).

“Even though I can give a good mark to the government for the anti-corruption fight, there are so many areas, where they are failing. It is true that a lot of members of the ruling party have not been touched.

“The chairman of the ruling APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole has a mountain of petition against him. Has he been summoned by EFCC to answer to the petitions? Is it not a stain on Mr. President to be harbouring a man on whom a petition has been written against? Those who are accusing the president of being selective also have a point.

“The petitions are many. When I visited the EFCC chairman last time, I mentioned it. If the Buhari government says they are not selective, let the EFCC start the probe of the petition against Oshiomhole, then we will know that they are very serious”, he said in a media parley in Lagos.

Adding: “We know that there are so many other cases but that is the chairman of the ruling party. Mr. Ibrahim Magi is one of the most effective EFCC chairmen I have seen in recent times. I give him kudos, but he can no longer continue to keep quiet over the petitions against Oshiomhole.”

Still on the anti-corruption fight, Uwaifo, who was flanked by AfBA media adviser, Mr. Osa Director and the president of the African Women Lawyers Association, Mrs. Mandy Asagba at the parley, acknowledged that although few governors have gone to prison for their past misdeeds, the system is too slow.

He said: “Nigerians also encourage corruption. We need to understand that corruption is inimical to the development of the country and if we don’t follow due process, we will never get out of the mess we are into.