ByÂ Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A non-governmental organization, Youths Organised For Transparency and Good Governance has accused the Code of Conduct Tribunal of shielding Mr Emmanuel Obot, the former aide to ex-Governor Victor Attah against probe over allegations of fraud involving millions of naira while he was in public service.
Obot was the Senior Personal Assistant to ex-Governor Attah between 1999 and 2004.
Two indigenes of Akwa Ibom had earlier petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau and the EFCC alleging that Obot dipped his hands into a lot of criminal activities while he served under the ex-Governor Attah and allegedly amassed a monumental wealth which his earnings could not justify.
The group which demanded immediate probe of its allegation of fraud against Obot alleged that the Bureau had, in the past, refused to investigate fraud allegation made against the politician including the petition by the Akwa Ibom indigenes.
According to the groupâ€™s petition, a copy of which had been seen by Vanguard, Obot was said to have boasted that nothing would come out of any petition against him before the Bureau so far his friends in the system remained there.
The said petition which was written and signed by the groupâ€™s President, Hon Paul Nkanga, reads:
â€œOn behalf of the above youth organization, I write to complain of the violent abuse of office and breach of code of conduct for public officers by Mr. Emmanuel Obot, a Senior Personal Assistant to Obong Victor Attah, the former Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
â€œMr. Emmanuel Obot was unceremoniously relieved of his position in 2004 because it was discovered that his service in the Government of Akwa Ibom State was fraught with lots of criminal misappropriation of funds.
â€œBefore coming into public office in 1999, Obot had only a small cement retail shop at Ewet Market where he managed to eke out a living having just been fired from Sheraton Lagos.
â€œAt that time also, the said Obot lived with other siblings in his family hut, although he falsely declared in his Asset Declaration Forms that he was worth Five Million (N5,000,000) Naira, with a monthly income of One Hundred Thousand (N1 00,000) Naira.
â€œHowever, Mr. Obot life style changed dramatically between 1999 and 2004 when he again declared that he was worth Five hundred million (N500, 000,000) Naira with an annual income of One Hundred and Fifty Million (N150,000,000) Naira.