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Ribadu dares Aondoakaa on treason charges

By  Funmi KOMOLAFE
The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  ( EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu has dared the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Aondoakaa to charge him  for treason vowing  to  meet the  later in court.

A short  telephone interview with Ribadu in response to Aondoakaa’s threat  went thus;

Q:  What is your response to Aondoakaa’s threat to sue you for damaging  the image of the country ?

A.  I am categoricaaly denying that I didn’t swear to any affidavit with the Metropolitan Police regarding the $38 million  case Chief James Ibori has with the British Police.  It is  a case that is being handled by the British Police on  their own.  I have nothing to do with it.

Ibori  should answer his case  before the British Police.  I dare Aondoaka ato  sue  me to court and we’ll meet in court . If Ibori is  embarrassed  by the case,  how  does that amount  to embarrassing Nigeria.   Is Ibori  equal to  Nigeria?
I like Aondoakaa  to know that   his role is being  documented  and very soon it will be exposed to the world.

In any  case, how does exposing corruption amount to treason”.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said that it has not cleared ex-governors James Ibori, Bola Tinubu  and Victor Attah

According to a statement by the anti-graft agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi;

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to reports in national dailies of  today September 11, 2009 to the effect that the anti-graft agency has cleared some former governors who have been under  investigation.

“The Commission wishes to state emphatically that it has not at any time or in any correspondence with the persons referred to in these media reports or any other person cleared them of complicity in all matters  relating to them which are either in court or still under investigation.

It is therefore inappropriate to input or infer that the three former governors have been exonerated in matters  that are still pending or yet to be determined by the law court which is the only competent  organ of government that can pronounce guilt or  innocence in matters like the ones under reference,” the statement added.

“The Commission has to make this clarification in view of the volume of enquiries from concerned Nigerians so as to lay to rest all doubts and insinuations  as to the position of the Commission and its leadership in all these.

“The letter being referred to in these reports has no  specific impact or reference to the cases of the three former governors as it was only an advice to a bank on the operation of a company’s account and as such cannot speak for substantive cases being investigated.”

“While not adjudging anyone quilty until proven so, the Commission wishes to restate that it has not in anyway declared the three former governors innocent of the allegations for which they are being investigated,” it said.


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