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  • Updated: April 24, 2024

CHRICED calls for state of emergency in Kogi amid corruption allegations of ex governor

 CHRICED calls for state of emergency in Kogi amid corruptio

The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) has called for a state of emergency in Kogi State, condemning Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo's actions to shield former governor Yahaya Bello from arrest by the EFCC on corruption charges.

This was contained in a statement signed by Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, Executive Director of CHRICED on Wednesday.

According to the statement, CHRICED accused Governor Ododo of obstruction.

“While we appreciate the efforts made so far by the EFCC in pursuing the case against Yahaya Bello, CHRICED unequivocally condemns Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo's interference in thwarting Bello's arrest, which goes against his sworn oath of office. 

“We also denounce the Kogi State Assembly for hastily passing a resolution urging the EFCC to remove Yahaya Bello from its wanted list. 

“These actions highlight the entrenched corruption and impunity in Kogi State, a state grappling with severe challenges such as unpaid pensions, delayed salaries for workers, and lack of infrastructural development,” the statement reads in part.

CHRICED also criticized the All Progressives Congress (APC) for failing to fulfill its promise to fight corruption.  

They point to several high-profile corruption cases, including the NDDC scandal and former Attorney-General Abubakar Malami's controversies.

The statement urged Nigerians to demand accountability and get involved in the fight against corruption. 

“Corruption, in all its forms, undermines public trust and undermines the social contract. If unchecked, corruption alienates citizens from the governance process. Therefore, CHRICED urges Nigerians to take a greater interest in governance by demanding accountability in the use of public funds for projects administered by local, state, and federal governments.”

"CHRICED called on President Tinubu to take decisive action against corruption and leave a legacy. We urge the President to issue an ultimatum to Governor Ododo, demanding the surrender of Yahaya Bello to the EFCC. Failure to comply should result in the declaration of a state of emergency in Kogi State."

They called on the need for severe punishment to deter corruption, citing examples from other countries like China, Saudi Arabia where strict measures have effectively reduced incidents of stealing.

“These countries demonstrate that a zero-tolerance approach towards stealing can effectively deter such crimes,” the statement concluded.

 

 

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