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HEDA WRITES EFCC TO PROBE ATIKU

 

A civil society organisation, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) says it has asked for a thorough investigation into the interest of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in a firm allegedly used to embezzle government’s funds.

HEDA’s chairman Olanrewaju Suraju had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) requesting a thorough investigation into Atiku’s roles in incorporating the Special-Purpose Vehicle, Marine Float Limited.

It specifically urged the CCB to diligently investigate the assets declarations submitted by Atiku and swiftly release its report of investigation to prevent immunity for corrupt individuals to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The group said Atiku, in an audio recording confessed to how he advised the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to name three individuals – Oyewole Fasawe, Andy Uba and a politician from Borno State (now late) as directors or subscribers of the company he was then trying to set up.

A now-viral recorded audio of the former Vice President which was released by one of his longtime close associates Mike Achimugu had Atiku confessing to having accepted over 100 million naira bribe in the form of a donation through the controversial firm.

The audio recording has stirred political reactions and comments from Nigerians across social media platforms.

HEDA said the self-confession contained in the viral audio has confirmed not only the rotten state of public offices in Nigeria but also the attempts by the commission to investigate some suspected corruption without uncovering Atiku’s beneficial ownership of those companies. PREMIUM TIMES

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