By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA— Former Commissioner for Information and Strategy under ex-governor Gbenga Daniel government, Sina Kawonise, has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State of planning to instigate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against him over perceived trump up charges of corruption.
Kawonise who is also the Managing Director of Westerner Publishing Company, publisher of Nigerian Compass and Westerner magazine, in a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, said Amosun had invited operatives of EFCC to comb ministry of Information with a view to fish for ‘phoney evidence’ against him.
According to him “information reaching me indicates that officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on the invitation of the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun are combing the Ministry of Information and Strategy where I served as Commissioner during the tenure of Otunba Gbenga Daniel. The Ogun State Government wants the EFCC to fish for phoney evidence to be used in the prosecution of a project to get me out of circulation by all means.”
“It should also be noted that the administration and its principal officers, including the Governor see me as a thorn in their flesh. I therefore use this medium to alert members of the public, human rights groups, the media religious bodies and well meaning Nigerians of the plot against my personal liberty and person by the Ogun State Government led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
I have also been warned through several means that my principled stand against the administration is ruffling feathers and that I should watch my back. I have not done anything to warrant the current inquisition and attempts by the Ogun government to curtail my freedom and cause my arrest. We are all joint stakeholders who have the right to hold and disseminate opinion in a democracy”.
Efforts to get the state Government reactions through the commissioner of Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, were unsuccessful.