The former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, claimed that more people would be detained as the arrest and detention of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Central Bank Governor, Goodwin Emefiele, who has been suspended, entered its second week.
Frank called with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to arrest several former and current key officials under former President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement he made accessible to DAILY POST on Tuesday in Abuja.
He named a number of people who ought to be detained and charged with abuse of power, including former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, former Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, former Attorney General for the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, and Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari.
He also mentioned Sadiya Umar Farouq, a former minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development; Hadiza Bala Usman, a former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Col. Hameed Ali, a former comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service; and Bashir Ja, a former director general and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Usman has since been appointed as President Tinubu’s
If President Tinubu was devoted to fighting corruption, the mentioned individuals should be invited to the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), according to him.
“Nigerians know how agencies, managed or are still being managed by these former and present government officials were run in the most secretive and corrupt way,” said Frank, who is the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) ambassador to East Africa and the Middle East. On behalf of the people, the President has no choice but to demand accountability.
“The suspension and arrest of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), AbdulRasheed Bawa, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, have received praise from Nigerians, but this is only the beginning. The President must not let his anti-corruption drive end with these two people.
The sooner they are apprehended and brought to justice for economic sabotage, the better for this nation. Those who ought to be looked into and prosecuted are still at large. Additionally, some of them, like Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, have already made it into the current administration.
There is more information that suggests that people who are similar to her are actively pressing the cabal around Tinubu to obtain a soft landing or, even better, an appointment within the administration.
Frank maintained that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be exposed if it failed to apprehend and prosecute these suspects who are known to have used their positions for personal benefit. Emefiele and Bawa are currently in the custody of the DSS.
He stressed that concerns regarding alleged identity theft, the sale of oil blocks, marginal oil fields, and refineries must be answered by former officials like Sylva.
Sadiya Umar Farouq should explain to the DSS and EFCC how funds designated for social investment programs, particularly school food, were used.
He encouraged the EFCC and DSS to broaden the scope of their investigations to include past Service Chiefs and Inspector Generals of Police from the time of the late Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the former Chief of Army Staff, up to those who have just recently retired during the current administration of the President.
In addition, he cautioned Tinubu against previous governors, particularly those from the PDP, who now pose as allies of his administration. He warned the President not to allow his government to serve as a holding facility for known corrupt individuals and characterized their motivation as self-centered.