…Describes Gov Ododo’s Action As Disquieting

 

Bight Newspaper reports that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, has asked Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the immediate-past governor of Kogi State to submit himself to the EFCC for probe.

Bight Newspaper can recall that in the last 24 hours, series of dramatic events have unfolded between both parties over the move of the EFCC to arrest the former governor for arraignment this Thursday.

The AGF, in a statement personally signed by him on Thursday, noted the EFCC retains legal capacity to invite any Nigerian for interrogation.

The statement proceeded to also condemn the action of the incumbent governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, who used his immunity to prevent Bello’s arrest on Wednesday describing it as ‘disquieting’.

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Decrying the action, he added that embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism that can only put Nigeria in bad light before the rest of the world is not the way to go.

The AGF maintained that, he stands for the rule of law and will ensure no right of any Nigerian is violated.

The AGF said in the terse statement: “The bizarre drama confronting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the course of its efforts to perform its statutory duty has come to my notice (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice) as a matter of very grave concern.

“It is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of interest to interact with them in the course of their investigation into any matter regardless of status. Therefore, the least that we can all do when invited, is not to put any obstruction in the way of EFCC but to honourably answer their invitation.

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“A situation where public officials who are themselves subject of protection by law enforcement agents will set up a stratagem of obstruction to the civil and commendable efforts of the EFCC to perform its duty is to say the least, insufferably disquieting. A flight from the law does not resolve issues at stake but only exacerbates it.

“I state unequivocally that I stand for the rule of law and will promptly call EFCC and indeed any other agency to order when there is indication of any transgression of the fundamental rights of any Nigerian by any of the agencies but I also tenaciously hold the view that institutions of State should be allowed to function effectively and efficiently. Nigeria has a vibrant judicial system that is capable of protecting everyone who follows the rule of law in seeking protection.

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“I therefore encourage anyone who has been invited by the EFCC or any other agency to immediately toe the path of decency and civility by honouring such invitation instead of embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism that can only put our country in bad light before the rest of the world.”

 

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