The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has described as distractive, the dust being kicked by some individuals and groups over the appearance of the Spokesperson of the People Democratic (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh in handcuffs at the Federal High Court in Abuja for the hearing on his application for bail following his arraignment on seven counts of money laundering against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, stated that “Olisa Metuh’s appearance in handcuffs at the hearing is in line with standard procedure and has not violated the constitution in anyway. What we are witnessing is the attempt to whip up sentiments and empathy in favour of corrupt elements that have over time drained the Commonwealth of the Nation with rabid and bare-faced impunity.”
CACOL as an organization, according to the Chairman, have consistently called for the naming, shaming and nailing of corrupt leaders and individuals irrespective of religious, ethnic, political and social inclinations. As a result, we welcome the development as it tallies with the strategy of the organization in battling corruption.
CACOL calls for diligent prosecution of all corrupt persons such that convictions of those found guilty can be achieved to serve as deterrent to others. It is an open secret that these corrupt individuals have at their disposal, ill-gotten gains with which they can pay for legal services of the cleverest lawyers who can wriggle through the labyrinth of the litigations to escape justice. With prudent, diligent and thorough investigations and prosecutions, we can win the battle against corruption. Mr. Adeniran said.
Those raising the question of differential treatment in the handling of persons on trial for corruption, CACOL believe should note that Metuh was reported to have been recalcitrant, unrepentant, unremorseful, and un-cooperative to the extent of tearing up his own written statement when he was been interrogated, it is only wise for all agencies involved in his case to take precaution based on discretion and the suspect’s attitude which clearly was that of arrogance and being above the law.
“The PDP Spokesperson’s case cannot be compared with that of some suspects that cooperated with investigating agencies, volunteered information and demonstrated remorse. And come to think of it, he is not the only public figure that has been cuffed during trial processes, examples are former Governor of Kogi state, late Abubakar Audu, in 2013 over a case of 10 billion naira fraud and Alhaji Tafa Balogun, a former Inspector General Police, in 2005, who was also cuffed during his trial following his attempt to escape justice by jumping down from the moving van that was conveying him to remand. In any case no known law has been violated in this case.’ the CACOL Chairman averred.”
It is our desire to see the agencies treat all suspected corruption criminals in the same way in order to send appropriate message to innocent Nigerians that corruption is a shameful act. This is in line with CACOL’s perpetual advice through its pay-off line – Name, Nail, Shame and Shun corrupt leaders anywhere, everywhere.
Media Officer, CACOL
January 20, 2016.
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The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, on Tuesday said Nigerians have had enough of revelations of how public funds were squandered by some Nigerians, especially in the last administration.
The organisation said it was time for the Federal Government to publish and list the names of all those who have allegedly stolen the nation’s common-wealth if the government truly desires to succeed in the anti-corruption war it has espoused.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had on Monday said 55 former government functionaries and top businessmen stole N1.34 trillion from the public treasury in eight years.
Lai Mohammed categorised the officials involved in the corrupt practices to include former state governors, ex-ministers, former legislators, civil servants, bankers and other businessmen.
The Minister had said: “between 2006 and 2013, just 55 people allegedly stole a total of N1.34 trillion in Nigeria. That’s more than a quarter of last year’s national budget.”
CACOL, in its own contribution to the series of reactions that had so far greeted the federal government’s revelation said though the minister was correct, the revelation by him should culminate in the prosecution of the suspects.
Executive Chairman of CACOL, Comrade Debo Adeniran, said: “we say enough of the exposé.
“What we want to hear now is diligent prosecutions and thorough adjudication. Corruption criminals should be thoroughly investigated, and no criminal should be allowed to go unpunished.
“Anybody guilty of corruption should be punished to serve as deterrent to others and there should be opportunity for anti-graft agencies to freeze assets of suspects that are found to be living so much beyond their legitimate earnings so that they will not have the opportunity to use proceeds of corruption to strike the government.”
Adeniran, however, reiterated that Lai Mohammed’s revelation aligned with the belief that only one per cent of Nigerians enjoyed 99 per cent of the nation’s commonwealth and since this has been established, Nigerians are interested in addressing the issue through the judicial process.
“The anti-graft war should not leave any stone unturned, it should not have respect for sacred cows, and everybody should be treated as being equal before the law.
“Also, the loopholes in our law and the corruption in the judiciary are all there to frustrate the war against corruption so the Judiciary needs to be sanitised.
“The Federal Government should also ensure that the anti-corruption agencies are strengthened; they should be given more funds, more personnel, equipment, training, and protection.
“Every case that is supposes to go to ICPC should be directed to the Commission and the ones meant for the EFCC should be thoroughly pursued by the EFCC.
“Nigerians are interested in the case; even if the suspects escape justice, they should be able to ostracize and shame them,” Adeniran said.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hammed Ali (retd), has directed all officers of the Nigerian Customs Service to make full disclosure of their assets within 14 days. The directive which was reportedly contained in a circular signed by the CG and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers was aimed at ensuring transparency and compliance with the rule of law. Continue reading “CACOL Backs Custom’s Comptroller- General Assets Declaration Directives Urges Other Public Officials To Make Theirs Public Too”
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has lauded the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to reopen the investigation into the $180million Siemens, Halliburton scam, saying it will ensure diligent prosecution of all culprits and it will enable the nation to get more of the looted funds from the United States.
The Federal Government has reportedly ordered security and legal operatives to revisit the Halliburton scandal involving Nigerians, who received bribes from the international company. It was reported that during the last administration of Goodluck Jonathan, attempts were made to look into the case again but it was thwarted by some officials. The American government’s report on the Halliburton bribery scandal had indicted the former presidents, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate giants in the list of bribery beneficiaries.
The Halliburton scandal concerned the payment of millions of dollars to senior Nigerian officials to secure a construction contract for a liquefied natural gas plant in Bonny Island in the Niger Delta. German industrial conglomerate Siemens subsequently agreed to pay a $1.6 billion settlement to U.S. and European authorities for bribery of officials around the world, including Nigeria. A court in Germany had indicted Siemens and sentenced its top Executives to various terms of imprisonment for bribing Nigerian officials to the tune of 1.3billion Euros. Halliburton and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) entered a guilty plea and agreed to pay $579 million, the largest corruption settlement ever paid by a U.S. company in high-level bribery cases involving payments from multinationals to secure contracts in Nigeria and other countries. In Nigeria, the senior government officials that received the bribes were never charged to court.
Our background information has it that on November 22, 2010, Siemens reportedly reached a settlement agreement with the federal government under which Siemens will pay 7billion Nigerian Naira (approximately $46.5 million) to the Nigerian Government in exchange for the EFCC dropping charges against Siemens AG, Siemens Nig Ltd and four of its officers. The settlement payment was variously described as “restitution” and “disgorgement.
In connection with the TSKJ / Bonny Island bribery matter, on November 25, 2010, it was reported that the EFCC arrested ten Halliburton employees in Nigeria during a raid of the offices of Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited in Lagos, as well as one employee each from Saipem Contracting Nigeria and Technip Offshore Nigeria. On December 7, 2010, the EFCC reportedly filed corruption charges against Halliburton, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (who was the CEO of Halliburton during the period at issue), Albert Stanley (a former CEO of KBR), David Lesar (the then current CEO of Halliburton) and William Utt (the then current CEO of KBR). Technip, Snamprogetti and JGC Corporation were reportedly also charged on the same day.
There were allegations that the former Hon. Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke coordinated a bribery scheme that extorted about $26 million USD from about 10 multinational companies involved in the Siemens and Halliburton bribery scandals in the last quarter of 2010.
CACOL in respect to the allegations wrote a petition on the 26th of July 2011 to the former President, Goodluck Jonathan and the EFCC under the reign of Madam Farida Waziri on the role played by the then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke in not prosecuting that case and request for a thorough investigation of $26million USD bribery allegation against former Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
The amount was believed to have been collected under the official cover of making the accused multinational companies pay the legal fees of prosecution counsels even though the accused were never prosecuted in any court of the land to warrant such unethical secret levy. While the EFCC and the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney-General have listed various sums of money totaling about $240million as funds recovered in fines and penalties from these multinational companies, no one has dared mention the $26million or more secretly extorted from these companies and who the beneficiaries are.
Speaking through its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran commended the EFCC under the administration of its acting Executive Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu for reopening the bribery scandal cases as it is a way of ensuring that all those who participated in the bribery scam are investigated and charge to court. This he said, “was practically demonstrated yesterday when the EFCC had to send somebody down from Abuja to make CACOL adopt the petition it wrote since 2011. That signals the seriousness to which the EFCC is treating the case.”
According to Adeniran, “it was only a few of them that came to the open during the previous investigations. Some powerful names were mentioned which include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice-president Artiku Abubarkar and some companies that belong to the former Head of State, Abdusalami Abubarkar. $110 million was reportedly received during former President Olusegun Obasanjo tenure. The companies that belong to the former Head of State, we also learnt from reliable sources paid their way out of prosecution and that is why CACOL is insisting that Obasanjo and others should be called and intensively interrogated over their involvement in the international bribery scandal. The amount involved could have been staggering which led to none proseque of all the companies that were involved in the Siemens, Halliburton cases.
“The EFCC showed initial enthusiasm to prosecute the culprits until we discovered the involvement of the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the then Attorney-General of the Federation. Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN negotiated the prosecution out and made it impossible for the EFCC to prosecute the case. That was where they were able to get a refund of $240 million which they claimed they got through plea-bargains.”
In its opinion, the Coalition believes it is not plea-bargains but what could be described as an underhand billing which is not known to the law because there was nothing official about the negotiation that led to the withdrawal of the case against the companies involved.
The Coalition, CACOL therefore urge the EFCC and all other security agencies that would be involved in the fresh investigation to ensure that diligent prosecution is made. We also urge the EFCC to file appropriate charges against anyone found to have abused his office in this matter at the end of investigation. No stone should be left unturned in the case, so that Nigerian will no longer be the laughing stock to the Comity of Nations.
Media Officer, CACOL
January 15, 2016.
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The $2.2 billion, part of late Sani Abacha’s loot returned by the World Bank to the country, allegedly shared amongst high ranking officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last administration have reopened fresh debates on the whereabouts of over $480 million hidden in European banks by Abacha, which the US Department of Justice said it won right to forfeited in 2014.
Sambo Dazuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA) to Goodluck Jonathan, the immediate past president, is currently being squeezed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), for allegedly misappropriating the funds met for the procurement of military hardware and equipments to help fight against Boko Haram terrorist group, responsible for the death of thousand of Nigerians and rendered hundreds homeless in the northeast. Continue reading “Dasuki’s Arms Scandal Sparks Debate on Abacha’s $480m Loot in EU Banks”
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has raised serious concerns on the way the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), suddenly carried out the recent threat made by Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), that Nigerians have to pay more for electricity.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Monday, 21st of December, 2015 announced new tariffs payable by electricity consumers, indicating 45% increase in charges for different categories of consumers across the country. Continue reading “OUR POWER MINISTER NEEDS TO GET HIS PRIORITY RIGHT – CACOL”