Monday, 15 October 2012

U-Report: Group Decries Selective Prosecution Of Oil Subsidy Suspects

 Report By: Dede Uzor A. Uzor
National Mandate Union (NMU) have decried the selective prosecution of oil subsidy suspects on sentiments based on social class, ethnic consideration and political affiliations.
This was contained in a 3-page statement issued by NMU to newsmen on Monday in Onitsha, Anambra.
The statement was signed by its President Dede Uzor A. Uzor.
The statement urged the Economic and Finance Crime Commission (EFCC) not to toy with the issue of prosecution of the suspects; since the matter is an issue of national concern if corruption would be checked and eradicated in the country.
``We want to know from EFCC how long it would take the commission to conclude investigation of oil subsidy scams committed by Hon. Farouk Lawal and Mr Mike Otedola; who both have allegedly been involved either by commission or omission in the issue.
``What about the son of the former National Chairman of PDP and the son of the present National Chairman of PDP; who are all indicted in the oil subsidy scam,’’ it said.
It also questioned the rational for prosecuting Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, Chairman of Capital Oil Limited on ethnic bias since others within the same indictment are seen walking freely in the streets.
The statement also sees his prosecution as a political one since it would not be unconnected to his governorship ambition in Anambra State.
 It called on the commission to release Uba if nothing incriminating was found on him.
``We want President Goodluck Jonathan to look into the operations of the EFCC; so that it would not be machinery for ethnic vendetta and political diversion.
``Just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo used the commission for personal vendetta against his perceived political enemies and opposition,’’ it said.

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