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EFCC, Magu get two-week ultimatum to prosecute former Bauchi governor, Abubakar

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The Coalition against Financial Crimes and Injustice has threatened to sue the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the anti-graft commission for not investigating and prosecuting Ex-Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, over fraudulent acts and corrupt practices he allegedly committed while in office.

Chairman of the group, Alhaji Dogo Bibi, who stated this yesterday in Bauchi while interacting with reporters, said, “We have filed several petitions to the commission against various alleged corrupt practices by the Ex-governor. We have many copies of acknowledgement as evidence to show that the commission received our petitions but they have remained silent.”

He said some of the petitions filed by the anti-graft group included the N4 billion, the governor allegedly took without the approval of the state lawmakers, alleged fraudulent act in fertiliser, hajj operations and award of contracts without following due process.

Dogo stated that the contract were awarded when Abubakar had no state executive council, and listed the Ex-governor’s inability to provide the 500 tractors he claimed to have bought for farmers in the state and the 60 buses he claimed to have purchased for the Yankari transport corporation, insisting that the tractors and buses were not delivered.

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His words, “We don’t know why the EFCC are still silent over the issue. If they are unable to investigate him because he has immunity at that time, now that he left office, he has no immunity for that he should be prosecuted or else we will be left with no option but to sue the commission and its chairman before the court so that court will compel them to investigate and prosecute the Ex-governor.

“We are not happy with the lukewarm attitude of the anti-graft commission, because their refusal to prosecute the Ex-governor will definitely put a dent and bring disrepute to the President Muhammadu Buhari much-touted anti-corruption fight before Nigerian People and the international community”.

Dogo said, “We have given a two-week ultimatum to the EFCC to show cause why they refused to prosecute the Ex-governor in a court of competent jurisdiction without which we will be left no option than to drag the anti-graft commission and its chairman to court.”

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