Money Laundering: Go After Yahaya Bello Now, PDP Tells EFCC
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately commence investigation on Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, over revelations of billions of naira money laundering by an anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Network. The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the party calls on Governor Bello to speak out on allegations of putrid deals including allegedly using certain officials of the Kogi state government as well as private individuals and firms to siphon, launder and cart away billions of naira meant for the development of Kogi state. A petition was submitted to US embassy in Nigeria, the EFCC, ICPC and other relevant anti-corruption bodies demanding for an instigation into alleged money laundering by Governor Yahaya Bello. The Statement reads: “The PDP asserts that the revelations by Anti-Corruption Network ostensibly explain why the people of Kogi state have been impoverished and why no concrete development has taken place since the emergence of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state Governor Yahaya Bello is demanded to provide answers to revelations made by the anti-graft body, which is in the public domain, that he has been laundering billions of naira in several tranches through award of contract to "non-legal persons" as well as "inactive companies" with no transaction descriptions and due process certification.” The party also alleged that the governor laundered money through third party and among others. “The PDP poster boy should answer to revelations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he laundered over N3.7 billion through one Abdulsalami Hudu; in addition to billions of naira allegedly laundered through other individuals including certain, Umar Comfort, Jimoh Aminu, Philip Salau, Bello Ibrahim, Southbridge Integrated Services Limited to the tune of N624 million, in addition to five other companies which allegedly got between N22 million N129 million, among others. The urge the EFCC and its new leadership to swing into action and investigate all the individuals that are involve in the matter and track the activities of the governor. “Against this background, our party calls on the EFCC, under its new leadership, to immediately commence investigation by inviting all those mentioned in the report as well as prosecute any individual or company indicted in the matter. “The party also urges the EFCC to equally commence investigation on the activities of Governor Yahaya Bello as well as the books of his administration, with a view to prosecute him immediately he leaves office at the end of his tenure, if indicted. He added. Its insists that nobody should be allowed to hide under the cover of immunity to get away with criminal pillaging of public resources entrusted into his or her hands It also instructive to state that the immunity clause, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), does not prohibit the investigation of a sitting governor or the prosecution of his aides, officials or cronies, who were used to steal public funds.