Magu’s Alleged Arrest Is A Power-Play – PACAC

EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu


A member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Femi Odekunle has reacted to the alleged arrest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement issued on Monday, Odekunle said the invitation by the Department of State Services (DSS), is a power play by blocs in the corridor of power.

According to the PACAC, Magu was only invited for questioning regarding some purported memo by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

He explained that the Presidential Advisory Committee perceives Malami as the arrowhead of the bloc that is not really interested in President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

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Odeyemi cited the failure of the National Assembly to confirm the appointment of the EFCC boss based on a purported security report by the secret service as one plots by the power bloc.

While citing the AGF’s demand of certain high profile case files from Magu which he is yet to supply, he alleged that Malami has been using his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari for his personal/power bloc agenda  without demonstrating any genuine commitment to the anti-corruption fight.

Stressing further, the professor cited a few cases which includes the formal notice of abandonment in the corruption case involving former Minister of Niger Delta, Godwill Orubebe and a purported secret meeting with Abdulrasheed Maina in Dubai.

The group wants the President Buhari to put an end to the power-play.

Babachir Lawal Should Have Resigned – Odekunle

SGF, Femi Odekunle, Babachir LawalA member of the Presidential Committee Against Corruption, Professor Femi Odekunle, says the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, should have resigned.

Professor Odekunle, who spoke on Sunday Politics, believed that Mr Lawal should have stepped aside, following the Senate panel report on the allegations of the grass-cutting contract scandal.

“In a reasonable country, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) should have asked Babachir Lawal to step aside or Babachir Lawal himself should have either resigned or step aside.

“It is a dent (as far as I’m concerned) on our anti-corruption fight; on the struggle of the Presidential Advisory Committee to actually do what is good (and) to forge ahead with this anti-corruption position,” he said.

The criminologist hailed the President’s anti-corruption war, saying it is on track and alive.

He, however, faulted the manner in which the allegation against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was handled.

“The Presidency does not seem to put the right foot forward on this matter of the SGF (because) the least that should have been done was to have asked the man to step aside pending investigation,” he maintained.

Buhari Sets Up Committee On War Against Corruption

Muhammadu Buhari on corruptionPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist.

The Committee is to advise the present administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

It is also expected to develop comprehensive interventions for achieving recommended reforms.

The members are Professor Femi Odekunle, a Professor of Criminology, Ahmadu Bello University, Dr. Benedicta Daudu, an Associate Professor of International Law, University of Jos, Professor E. Alemika, a Professor of Sociology, University of Jos and Professor Sadiq Radda, a Professor of Criminology, Bayero University, Kano.

Others are Hadiza Bala Usman, a Civil Society Activist and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Committee.

‘Kill Corruption’

According to a statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, an Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund has been established by three international development partners namely the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation in support of the Nigerian Government’s efforts.

The $5 million fund is to assist implementation of key components of the Action Plan and the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee.

The fund will be managed by Trust Africa, an international development Civil Society Organisation with programme presence in more than 25 African countries.

President Buhari had, during his campaign, stressed the need to ‘kill corruption’ in public sector and recover looted funds and the committee has been set up as part of efforts to ensure the actualisation of the promise.

“If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” he said.

Argument On Voting Pattern Is An Attempt To Rig National Confab – Odekunle

Femi OdekunleA Public Affairs Analyst, Professor Femi Odekunle, on Thursday said that the disagreement between delegates at the National Conference on the voting pattern to adopt is born of an agenda to rig the outcome of the meeting.

“As far as I’m concerned, the argument about the voting pattern is an attempt to rig the outcome later or either to make certain things possible or certain thing impossible and that arises from the matter of composition that was being raised”

He made his view known while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, insisting that primordial sentiments, and not the desire for a New Nigeria, had become the basis for the delegate’s actions.

According to him, “majority of the delegates are those who have actually ruined this society by their antecedents” and “a snake is a snake, anyday and the son of a snake is also a snake.”

He supported arguments that the age bracket of majority of the delegates was inappropriate considering the fact that the purpose of the Conference was to set an agenda for the nation’s future.

“Considering the population of this country and that we are looking for the future, the modal age of those in that conference should be between 35 and 45, not the past because we are looking for our future. Not those who have brought us to our sorry state.”

On the Conference’s consideration of seeking memoranda from the public, Odekunle said “I really don’t think this is the way to go”, maintaining that, “we have enough documents in this country as to the problems we are facing and why we are facing them.”

He further said that the documents may be obtained from social scientists and activists present at the Conference or from those used for Vision 2020 and information obtained by the Okurounmu Committee. He concluded that the new memoranda-seeking exercise would be a waste of time.

While berating the overall composition of the Conference, Odekunle expressed confidence in certain individuals, Akin Oyebode, Yinka Odumakin, Tunde Bakare, who he believed would stir the agenda in the right course.

He, however, advocated that a good number of the traditional rulers and former governors, senators should be withdrawn from the Conference and fresh minds from the younger generation be injected to ensure success.

Odekunle also advocated that a Truth and Restitution Commission be established as part of the outcomes of the Conference. The Commission, he explained, would comprise Nigerians of integrity who would “ensure that they give six months’ notice to all Nigerians (particularly from the Babangida era), who have looted our country, to come and return the amount of money they have stolen and then they can be forgiven.”

He added that “if they return the loot within a period of six months then you may forgive but if not, you send them to jail, if not death penalty”.

“Those are the kinds of things I’m expecting from this Conference,” he said.

Stakeholders Meet In Kano Over Public Safety And Security

Stakeholders have stressed their belief that fighting terrorism in Nigeria requires the collaborative effort of all security agencies, if the country is to ensure public safety and security.

This position was taken during a consultative forum on the development of a national policy on public safety and security for the North Western states held in Kano.

Initiated by the Ministry Of Police Affairs, the national policy on public safety and security will streamline relationship among various security agencies, as well as define meaningful and popular rules of engagement in such a way that public safety and security will not be jeopardised.

The stakeholders’ forum which brought in representatives from the North West geo-political zone of the country is aimed at consulting the relevant authorities on the overall framework of the policy.

Lead facilitator, Professor Femi Odekunle, who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing various security challenges ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, also maintained that the national policy on public is urgently required if Nigerians are to be protected.

However, according to the Speaker, Jigawa State House of Assembly, the performance of Nigeria’s security agencies at the volatile areas of Maiduguri, Yobe, Adamawa and perhaps Kano is not satisfactory; a situation which he said also requires the public safety policy to protect the innocent.

It was also agreed at the stakeholders’ brainstorm that Nigeria’s needs on security are not just about developing the paper work, but having the political will to implement the paper work.