Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led government to publish all the looted property it has recovered, in addition to names of those they were recovered from, before selling them (assets) off.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor also said that the government should endeavour to publish the names of the buyers after they are eventually sold.
The governor, who noted that Nigerians were no longer interested in being governed by propaganda, said:
“Nigerians want to know how many properties were recovered and who bought the properties. Who authorized the sale? Nigerians want details, not propaganda because most of these properties have been sold and resold.”
He advised the federal government to create a website where all the properties recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and to whom they were sold would be listed.
The governor said it was no longer possible to trust the EFCC’s reports on recovered looted funds and properties.
“How can Nigerians continue to trust the position of the same EFCC that said in April 2016 that the allegation of corruption against Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Danladi Umar was mere suspicion and would be difficult to prove in court, but now charged the same CCT chairman to court on the allegation it described as mere suspicion?” Mr. Fayose questioned.
“On November 23, 2017, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, the Chairman of the Senate committee investigating the botched reinstatement and promotion of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions, Ibrahim Maina told Nigerians on the floor of the Senate that almost all the exotic properties recovered from alleged looters of Pension Funds had already been re-looted by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Last year November also, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), while testifying before the National Assembly alleged that one of the properties recovered from alleged looters of Pension Funds was already sold to a Lagos lawyer.
“How are we now sure that the same people who re-looted the recovered pension loots have not also looted the recovered properties the President said will be sold?”
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said; “The federal government cannot continue to tell Nigerians stories without background. The era of Baba has said is gone in Nigeria. The era of the president acting like a lord of the manor is gone, we are in a democracy.
“Many people were blackmailed and coerced to surrender their properties. A typical case is the one on Malabu Oil where people have been scandalized, harassed and their names destroyed via media trial and the Attorney General of the Federation now come out to say that there is not enough evidence to try them. What will now happen to the lies told against those people?
“The federal government should, therefore, publish and state clearly what has happened in the EFCC between 2006 and now. Nigerians need to know the recovered properties sold by Ibrahim Magu’s predecessor, Ibrahim Lamorde and other previous EFCC chairmen. Those who bought them should be made public too.”