Cross carpet to sweep under carpet
“A journey of a thousand mile begins with a step”
Certainly the last has not been heard of erstwhile governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007, while in office he diverted N7.2billion into his private account to run Slok Airline and other businesses of his choice, while the ICPC which was inaugurated in 2000 by the PDP government was made handicapped, 2013 the said government created EFCC to handle corrupt persons while Orji Kalu was still in office.
He was shielded by the Immunity clause, however he left office in 2007 and has been moving from one political party to other for prominence until Barton changes hand between ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari who made himself clear that he belong to everybody, and he belong to nobody, got his mandate under the auspices of APC. Orji Kalu was a card carrying member of APC until his conviction.
Nigerian politicians who have committed various fraudulent activities crossed-carpet to the ruling APC party for their crimes to be swept under the carpets.
The APC lead government in a slow and steady pace of moping corrupt persons passed a Bill in April 2019 to repeal and re-enact the (ACJA) Administration of Criminal Justice Act bill of May 2015, which contains numerous innovative provisions which can be used to improve governance, the administration of justice and the fight against corruption.
Therefore, strengthening the Police, EFCC, ICPC and other security arm to carry out their jobs without fear or favour. This current administration has seen several fraudulent Persons brought to book, Jolly Nyame of Taraba State was sentenced 14 years improsnment for 1.64bn fraud, Joshua Dariye was sentenced 10 years over N1.162 billion state ecological funds, and now Orji Uzor Kalu was sentenced 12 years imprisonment for N7.2bn fraud charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Justice Mohammed Idris declared him and his co-defendants guilty of the 39 counts filed against them.
Until he was convicted he was Chief Whip of the Senate, the spokesperson of the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed, “Orji Kalu, will continue to receive his salaries and all other entitlements in full while in prison, but will not be performing any legislative function from prison till the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgement is okay, then that will be the final,” he explained.
This will serve as a deterrent to other governors or public office holders who are nurturing the idea of cross carpeting to the ruling party after looting treasures.
Other cases that are still waiting for justice include:
Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom): NDDC N440billion Contract fraud, while acting as governor he allegedly embezzled N108.1 billion during his tenure between 2007 and 2015.
Ibrahim Shema, (Katsina State) alleged fraud amounting to N76 billion.
Ikedi Ohakim (Imo State) whose corruption case has been on going. Ohakim who piloted the affairs of Imo state between May 2007 and May 2011 is answering to a three-count criminal charges bordering on money laundering, abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds. He was alleged to have looted the sum of $2.290 million from the state treasury and used same to acquire a mansion at the Asokoro District of Abuja.
On-going, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Messrs Suswam and Okolobia on nine-counts bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds to the tune of N3.1 billion, Suswam still serving as a senator.
A detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Adekunle Odofin, on November 29 told a Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, how a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, allegedly laundered over N1.8 billion belonging to the state, using a company co-owned with his son, Abdul-Aziz Nyako, a Senator.
Mr. Nyako is being prosecuted by the EFCC, alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29billion.
To mention a few.