The Coalition against Financial Crimes and Injustice has continued to mount pressures on the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate and prosecute former Governor of Bauchi State, M.A Abubakar, over alleged corrupt practices he committed while in office.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi, the Chairman of the group, Dogo Bibi, said, the group have evidence of corrupt practices by the governor that is running into billions of naira.
He said: “We have filed several petitions to the commission against various alleged corrupt practices by the former governor. We have many copies of acknowledgement as evidence to show that the commission received our petitions but they have remained silent.”
According to him, 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.
Mr Dogo stated that the contracts were awarded when Mr Abubakar had no state executive council.
He listed the former governor’s inability to provide the 500 tractors he claimed to have bought for farmers in the state.
Others are the 60 buses the governor claimed to have purchased for the Yankari transport corporation, insisting that the tractors and buses were not delivered.
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 former governor.
“We are not happy with the lukewarm attitude of the anti-graft commission, because their refusal to prosecute the former governor will definitely put a dent and bring disrepute to the President Muhammadu Buhari much-touted anti-corruption fight before Nigerians and the international community”.
“We have given a two-week ultimatum to the EFCC to show cause why they refused to prosecute the former 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,” Mr Dogo added.