An anti-corruption coalition, has insisted on an extensive investigation into the fraud allegations, levelled against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, while he held sway as the governor of Edo state.
The call is premised on a suit filed by one Bishop Osadolor Ochei at the Federal High Court, alleging that Oshimhole acquired property in United States of America (USA), South Africa and Dubai worth billions of dollars and far in excess of his legitimate income.
He was also alleged to have built a sprawling mansion worth more than N10billion in his hometown, Iyamho, Edo state while he was in office as the state governor.
This was contained in a press release issued on Wednesday by Ikenna Aghagbobi, CACOL’s Media and Publications Officer on behalf of its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran.
The complainant maintained that EFCC’s refusal to act on petitions containing “weighty allegations” against Oshiomhole ran contrary to Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which enjoined the State to abolish corrupt practices.
Coordinator of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Debo Adeniran has however further pointed out that it is necessary for the EFCC to investigate these allegations for the purpose of convincing the Nigerian public that its arrest and prosecution of corruption culprits was not targeted at only members of the opposition.
He noted that the rumors which have been making the rounds indicating that the present administration has been witch hunting members of the opposition while portraying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as saints needs to be debunked by EFCC.
“How can a body whose sole obligation is to investigate and prosecute anyone indicted of a corruption crime be reluctant to carry out its statutory assignment against suspects or dismissing these allegations if they are found to lack substance?
“Although it is shameful that the EFCC would need to be reminded to investigate allegations leveled against Oshiomhole, we recall that several officials of the Federal Government who have been exposed for committing forgery and other crimes are still being treated with kid gloves. This is the major problem we have in our fight against corruption.”
“While we urge the EFCC to initiate a diligent probe on the weighty allegation of funds diversion and misappropriation against the APC Chairman, we challenge Oshiomhole to debunk these allegations and take whatever steps he considers necessary if these allegations are untrue as this will set an example worth emulating”, the group said.