The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack his Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio following allegations of fraudulent practice levelled against him.
HURIWA made the call while lamenting the widespread accusations of massive corruption trailing the activities of high profile cabinet-level Ministers and heads of parastatals under Buhari’s administration.
A statement by the group’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe the activities of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs under Akpabio’s leadership.
According to HURIWA: “We are calling on the EFCC to carry out a proper investigation on NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS Minister, Godswill Akpabio and we demand his immediate sack, except and unless Mr President does not care about the people of Niger Delta.
“Since Godswill Akpabio came to power, there has been one accusation of fraud/corruption or the other.
In NDDC alone, three months ago, 80 billion Naira disappeared allegedly into the thin air.
“HURIWA is not accusing him of being the thief but the story of corruption around him is becoming unbecoming as if he is the only minister in Nigeria.
“Another worrisome reason is the sexual harassment allegation made against him by the immediate past MD of NDDC, JOY NUNIEH.
“HURIWA is canvassing the sack of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, so they can be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for comprehensive investigations and prosecutions if found to have a prime facie case to answer which the competent court of law should be called upon to adjudicate but the minister and the NDDC management should be dismissed forthwith.”
Recall that the sacked Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Nunieh had accused Akpabio of fraudulent practices.
Reacting, Akpabio claimed that the former NDDC boss had a character problem.
Also, HURIWA urged Buhari to relieve Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice of his duties over allegations of corruption.
The group stated that Malami has been unable to sufficiently debunk the information that his son had an extensively lawless social event “thereby violating the quarantine act of 1926 which gave Mr President the power to impose certain restrictions on a number of people to attend a social or religious gathering during this dangerous pandemic period.”
HURIWA added: “The son of the minister of Justice who is the Chief law officer of Nigeria flagrantly violated an extant law invoked by Mr President. The only other remedy for Mr President not to sack the Chief law officer of Nigeria and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN is for him (Malami, SAN) to provide forensic evidence that contradicts the newspaper reports and the avalanches of recorded videos trending on respectable Social media fora.”
In a similar reaction, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the grave allegations of corruption against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akapbio, by former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh.
SERAP believes it would serve the public interest if Buhari investigates the allegations.
In a tweet on its official Twitter page on Sunday, SERAP said: “BREAKING: We urge President Buhari to ensure a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the grave allegations of corruption against the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, @Senator_Akpabio by ex-MD, NDDC, Joy Nunieh.
“Probing the allegations would serve the public interest.”