By Benjamin Njoku
A political group, under the name, Ngige Mandate Movement(NMM), within the week lent its voice to the call on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, Economic and Financial Crime Commission(EFCC) and other relevant government agencies to commence investigation into the N250 million money laundering allegation levelled against some ofÂ aides of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, insisting that the allegation must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet.
The group, speaking through its National Coordinator, Rev. Innocent Peace yesterday in Lagos,Â however faulted Obiâ€™s defence in respect of the circumstances that surrounded the money allegation, describing such defence as â€œthoughtless and a serious assault to the sensibility of the people of Anambra State.â€
It therefore charged the State House of Assembly to raise to the occasion to unravel the mystery behind the allegation, for the sake of checks and balances on this very matter to deter future treasury looting and treasury looters that pervades the state.
The police last month in Lagos intercepted some of aides of Governor Obi vehicles, on the information that they were carrying large quantities of firearms and money.
Also, expressing worried over the state of insecurity in Anambra State recently, the group urged Obi to learn to toe the path of his predecessor Dr. Chris Ngige, who they claimed brought criminal activities to the barest minimum, while in office as the Chief security of the state.
â€œWe want to call on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, EFCC and other relevant authorities not allow the N250 million money laundering allegation against the aide and in-law of Governor Peter Obi to be swept under the carpet, but to rather investigate the allegation thoroughly and make sure that justice is not only done but must be seen to have been done concerning this grave allegation.â€
â€œThe state of insecurity in Anambra State is disturbing to this Movement and to all well meaning citizens of our dear state. The damage done to the mental and economic well being of the people of the state cannot be underestimated. â€œWe therefore call on Governor Peter Obi to please as the chief security of the state find ways of deterring these criminals like his predecessor, Dr. Chris Ngige did, while in office.â€ the body said.