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2019: S’South Forum Chides Graft Agency Over Intimidation Of Ex Kano Gov



A political pressure group, the Amalgamated South South Forum for Ibrahim Shekarau, has chided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over what it termed “the continued intimidation” of a former governor of Kano State, Dr Ibrahim Shekarau.

The forum also questioned why, after being invited 24 months ago, without any incriminating evidence against him, Dr Shekarau should once again be harassed with summons that will still not throw up anything.

Spokesman of the group, Hon Frank Oriyebo, who read a communique issued at the end of its emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, claimed these invitations to the former governor and one-time minister of education, is a ploy to thwart his 2019 presidential ambition even as they wondered what this portends in the fight against corruption.

The group stated: “The mention of Shekarau’s name that he was given N25 million from the campaign fund of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, is a ploy to ambush him from joining the 2019 race.

“The agency has been relentless in combing through the activities of Shekarau in the eight years that he was the governor of Kano State, but have, to their chagrin, found no shred of incriminating evidence against him.”

“If there is nothing against the man, what then is the rationale behind this continued harassment by seasonally inviting him?”

According to the group, “Shekarau left an indelible record as the governor of Kano State. He also left a remarkably untainted track record as the Minister of Education. Shekarau, so far, has been unblemished as a public servant.”

The group questioned why the EFCC suddenly beamed their search light on Shekarau since he expressed his willingness to vie for the office of the president of Nigeria, calling on the antigraft agency to leave him alone and point their searchlight on cases of those who have been accused for corruption.

“We call on the present administration and the EFCC to leave Shekarau alone. Nigerians know better. Enough is enough. No amount of intimidation and harassment will derail Shekarau from contesting for the Presidency in 2019.”

The former governor of Kano State had been invited for interrogation by the EFCC on Tuesday, May 21 but was granted bail.