Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Group condemns prolong investigation of former Ogun Gov


The Yoruba for Democratic Values (YDV), has express discontent over what it termed, renewed aggressive investigation tactics by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on some political associates, staff and aides of former Governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD), despite ongoing trial.

The group in a statement signed by the group's secretary, Kola Are, described the interrogation of a number of OGD's political associates, staff and aides as deliberate attempt to harrass, intimidate and coerce innocent citizens into submission and possibly cripple political and business activities of the former governor at all cost.

"YDV notes specifically that OGD is unarguably the most investigated political office holder in Nigeria in recent time inspite of the fact that affairs of his government had been subject of monitoring and surveillance by the anti-graft agency since 2006 at the heels of his election for second term in office.

"It is therefore curious the EFCC was yet to conclude investigations into OGD's political and business activities which commenced vigorously almost two years ago at the expiration of his 8 years tenure as governor and over a year after his rearraigment for the ongoing trial."

The group said further: "It is also important to alert the public of renewed efforts by political opponents of the former governor to mislead the public regarding a supposed N58billion corruption charges against OGD. The so called N58billion corruption charges only existed in the imagination of detractors whose agenda is to mobilise negative public opinions and anger against the former governor.

"Whereas media reports regarding N58billion naira charges against the former governor had been denounced by the EFCC through its counsel at a court hearing in Abeokuta, political opponents of OGD has continued to peddle misinformation regarding the details of the charges involved in the ongoing trial for inordinate political reasons."

The group averred further that certain powerful interest are bent on continuous harrassment of  associates of the former governor  through aggressive investigations which seem unending and whose intent and purposes are to give credence to falsehood regarding OGD's personality and businesses.

The anti-graft agency is currently prosecuting the former governor  overalleged N58billion corruption charges at an Abeokuta High Court of Ogun state.

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