Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Breaking News: CACOL Threatens To Sue EFCC Over Fashola

Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has threatened to sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for ignoring the series of petitions written by the organization against Babatunde Fashola, a former governor of Lagos state.

Speaking with The Punch, Debo Adeniran, the executive director of CACOL, wandered how President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian Senate could find Fashola worthy of a ministerial appointment despite numerous allegations against him.

Stressing that Fashola does not have immunity, Adeniran said that CACOL would continue to pursue its case against the ex-governor.

“We are concluding plans to take the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to court. We will file an order of mandamus to compel them to investigate Fashola if they have not investigated him. They should make their findings public and ensure that they prosecute him depending on the outcome of their investigation,” he said.

However, the leader of CACOL noted that he was not sure that the organisation would get get justice because anti-graft agencies usually look at the body language of the president before taking any measures.

According to Adeniran, Buhari is not as incorruptible as he is being branded because he has appointed some people with corruption cases.

“We do not think the system has changed. It is just the regime that changed from one party to the other. Power has changed from one corrupt administration to another,” he concluded.

A few days ago, CACOL wrote a letter to President Buhari asking him to drop Fashola and other questionable nominees. Adeniran described the entire screening exercise as “a joke” and stressed that those who screened questionable ministerial nominees were also corrupt.