Why they are after me, says Aliyu, dropped ICPC Nominee
By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Dropped nominee to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu has accused certain powerful and vested interests in her former place of work, Aso Savings and Loans PLC of maligning her in order to frustrate her appointment to the board of the anti-graft agency.
Aliyu in a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja said those who rushed to the media to tar her with the brush of corruption are actually people who should have been in jail by now owing to their corrupt activities at Aso Savings a,d if only security agencies had acted on her petition long ago.
“No matter how long it takes, the real truth about the plundering and looting of Aso Savings and Loans Plc will be made open irrespective of the threats to my life and my family”, she vowed.
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had on Sunday dropped Aliyu and another nominee, Dr Sa’ad Alanamu, on the grounds that they were being investigated by the ICPC.
But Aliyu alleged that her traducers took N1 billion from the vault of the bank and used it to support the re-election campaign of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and that in a bid to recover the funds, Aso Savings and Loans Plc sold the land at Jahi, Abuja.
Aliyu stated that she had on June 21, 2017 submitted a petition to the Department of State Services DSS, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as well as the ICPC and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
According to her, nothing was done about the petition and those she accused were quick to go to the press to deny her of an appointment.
“I have been harassed and openly embarrassed as a result of this, but I am resolute that the truth will indicate me. It is important to note that being investigated does not amount to being guilty or culpable of the issues of investigation.
“Even when there are issues to clear, the final destination is the court of competent jurisdiction before any verdict can be passed on anyone. I find it ridiculous that whereas I had written a petition alerting the appropriate authorities to the financial malfeasance at Aso Savings and Loans, rather than take the necessary action against the company and the persons so identified, I am being maligned and my name being dragged in the mud for flimsy reasons”, she lamented.
Aliyu said she was surprised that the Police that had shown unwillingness to commence investigation into her petition, were quick to allegedly issue a report concerning their previous investigation off her.
She said, “While thanking the Presidency for the opportunity of the nomination in the first place, I will pray that proper independent investigation be carried out by the Acting President to fathom out the real situation of things. That is the only way that proper justice would be seen to have been done. I will personally be happy to see that those who plundered Aso Savings and Loans are brought to book.”