- There are insinuations that some elements are trying to scuttle the activities of the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property
- The alarm was raised by two groups, Foundation Against Fraud, Indiscipline and Corruption (FAFIC) and Buharists Hangout (BHO)
- The groups alleged that there was an attempt to shut down the office of the panel situated at Asokoro Abuja
Two groups, Foundation Against Fraud, Indiscipline and Corruption (FAFIC) and Buharists Hangout (BHO), have revealed that there are plots to scuttle the activities of the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SIPP).
In a statement sent to journalists, the groups stated that “the SIPP has continued to record milestones in unravelling corrupt conduct both in the civil service, among political office holders and ordinary Nigerians within and outside the country.”
The statement was signed by Dr Uche Diala for FAFIC and Comrade Efe Wiliams for BHO and released on Monday, August 12.
The groups said: “We are aware of the recent discoveries of billions of naira held in various bank accounts by civil servants, properties and assets allegedly acquired with illicit wealth.
“At the same time we are aware of uncomfortable developments which seem to hamper or at least slow down the activities of the panel.
“These include the take over of certain cases by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation. Notable among them is the case by the panel against a former senator and APC governorship candidate in the 2019 general election - Senator Hope Uzodinma of which nothing has been heard thereafter.”
The groups further alleged that there was an attempt to shut down the office of the panel situated at Asokoro Abuja on what was referred to as 'orders from above' on Saturday, August 10, on the premise that the panel has been disbanded.
“Our investigations however reveal that the chairman of the panel is not aware of any such dissolution. Corruption is surely fighting back but we cannot afford to allow corruption to win.
“We therefore strongly call on the president, the Inspector General of Police, the ministry of justice and all relevant authorities to urgently investigate the issues surrounding the presidential panel with a view to protecting the panel and strengthening it to ensure its work is not hampered,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, the re-nomination of Abubakar Malami, SAN as a minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, has irked a coalition of civil society organisations.
The coalition at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, July 29, described Malami as a major blight to Nigeria's anti-corruption fight.
They also stated that Malami's return as a federal minister, “casts serious doubts on President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption posturing.”
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