- Evangelist Victor Uwajeh has been disengaged from his position as a special investigator to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property
- The United Kingdom-based private investigator's ordeal is coming one month after he was appointed by the panel
- Uwajeh says the decision was made because the panel had a mindset towards certain individuals and groups
Controversy is brewing in the presidency as Evangelist Victor Uwajeh has been disengaged from his position as a special investigator to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property.
Uwajeh, a United Kingdom-based private investigator, was disengaged just about a month after he was appointed by the panel.
In a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 22, Uwajeh said he was relieved of his job due to request by the panel for him to investigate Senate president Bukola Saraki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains perceived as enemies of the federal government, which he declined.
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Part of the statement read: “I started working for the panel to trace assets of Politically Exposed Persons in line with the mandate given to me in the documents executed. It was the procedure of the panel to courier documents to me from Nigeria for dispatch to various agencies in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
“Soon after I realised that the panel has a mindset towards certain individuals and groups by the documents it sent to me.”
According to Uwajeh, documents sent to him from Abuja to dispatch to the Serious Fraud Office and Home Office, Metropolitan Police, FBI and EUROPOL had the names of the following senators:
- Senate president Abubakar Bukola Saraki
- Deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu
- Senator Albert Bassey Akpan
- Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah
He continued: “I was also given a list which includes former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Femi Fani Kayode, Senator James Manager, Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Jonah Jang, Patience Jonathan amongst others.
“Most people who were already being tried by the EFCC were also singled out by the SIPP for investigation which calls to question the motives of government as regards effective prosecution.”
Uwajeh said several All Progressives Congress (APC) members who he recommended for proper investigation were turned down by the panel.
"This raised a red flag and as a professional I made my complaint immediately and made my position known to Okoi Obono Obla to transmit to the Attorney General and minister of justice.
“I told him that I will not be a party to one sided investigation to muscle in the opposition and persecute them. I made my position known that I am ready to expose corruption and recover stolen assets as a professional but will not be involved in the politics of “PULL THEM DOWN” in Nigeria.
“My refusal to dance to the tune of the government and SIPP led to my disengagement,” Uwajeh said.
He continued: “After meeting in London on 18th April, 2018 with some officials during the CHOGM, it was evident that I will not bulge in my position not to go against the ethics of my profession by investigating only the opposition.
“As soon as they arrived Nigeria on the 23rd April, 2018 they drafted a letter to disengage me. They kept the letter and wanted me to change my mind but I refused. On the 27th April, 2018, they sent me a backdated letter of disengagement dated 23rd April 2018.
“In the said letter it was alleged that I had a criminal allegation against me pending in court as the reason for my disengagement which is laughable.
“My refusal has led to sustained assault on my person by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.
“My refusal to work with the APC led government to humiliate the so-called enemies of government has led me into exile. I will continue to maintain my dignity even in the face of a gang up against me. Nigeria can only move forward when the fight against corruption is not selective but holistic no matter whose ox is gored.”
The presidency recently appointed Uwajeh to trace and where necessary recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud for the government as part of the ongoing fight against corruption.
Legit.ng gathered that Uwajeh is a former consultant to the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes and former private investigator and consultant to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A letter dated Thursday, March 22, and signed by the senior special assistant to the president on prosecution matters, Okoi Obono-Obla, said Uwajeh's application has been considered for engagement as special investigator to the presidential special panel.
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