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A human rights activist and Anti-Corruption crusader based in Benin City Bishop (Dr) Osadolor Ochei JP petitioned the government of the United States of America over the refusal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate a former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The activists had dragged the EFCC to a federal high court sitting in Abuja to compel EFCC to attend to a detailed petition dated as far back as October 28th, 2016.
The Bishop raised an alarm that Oshiomhole had boasted to use the federal might to silence him the moment he assumed office as the National Chairman of the ruling party.
Dr. Oche also reported the way and manner the President, Muhammadu Buhari protects and covers up corruption cases with documented evidence against members of his party.
The crusader in the petition titled “Nigeria Government Anti-Corruption War Compromised: The Adams Oshiomhole Case” which was dated 18th June 2018, addressed to the Ambassador of The United State of America to Nigeria, and made available to NAIJA CENTER NEWS alarmed that he had received threats from loyalists of the former governor.
On the 28th October 2016, Bishop Ochei transmitted a detailed petition with over 86 attached exhibits to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and published same in some of the nation’s dailies of 7th November 2016. In the petition, he made serious corruption allegations against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who was governor of Edo State from 12th November 2008 to 11th November 2016.
On the 13th December 2016, he wrote a reminder which was received by EFCC to investigate the allegations made in his original letter. The activist also made several visits and contacts with EFCC but to no avail.
He added “As soon as the story broke, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole began to boast openly that he was untouchable and that no anti-corruption Agency of Government would dare investigate him. He even went further to threaten that as soon as he was installed the National Chairman of APC, he would use all the agencies of his government to hound me for daring to petition EFCC on his activities while he was governor of Edo State, between 12th November 2008 and 11th November 2016.
As a citizen who has been denied good governance as a result of misappropriation and massive looting of state funds, I write you this letter from a position of a denied citizen to bring to your attention this very serious case begging for Justice. EFCC has a responsibility to investigate these serious allegations, instead, they have refused to act, and I am getting threats from different quarters for taking steps not to allow this case to end up like many others, especially those concerning APC members that are swept under the carpet. “