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Corruption: Try Obasanjo, Kalu urges Yar’Adua

Posted by From GODWIN TSA, Abuja on 2008/01/23 | Views: 397 |

Corruption: Try Obasanjo, Kalu urges Yar’Adua


Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu said the on-going fight against corruption would become a child’s play if former president Olusegun Obasanjo is not arrested and prosecuted for corruption, especially now that there are revelations of how he corruptly enriched himself and his cronies while in office.

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu said the on-going fight against corruption would become a child’s play if former president Olusegun Obasanjo is not arrested and prosecuted for corruption, especially now that there are revelations of how he corruptly enriched himself and his cronies while in office.

Besides, the presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPA) has called for a total overhauling of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to make it more effective in the fight against corruption.

Dr. Kalu, who spoke in Abuja after a court session at the Federal High Court, described the current trial of some former governors by the EFCC as selective and vindictive in nature.
Earlier, the court adjourned proceedings in the case brought against the former governor by the EFCC to February 12, 2008 for the adoption of written addresses by counsels to both parties in the suit.
The adjournment was at the instance of counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, who prayed the court for more time to enable him file his reply address.

Kalu who is standing trial over charges over alleged corrupt practice while in office is asking the court to quash all the 107-count charge slammed against him.

Kalu, who drove himself to court in his ash coloured Passat with registration No. AA355 KKN (Akwa-Ibom) to a thunderous welcome by his teeming supporters and party stalwarts premised his prayer on the order of the Abia State High Court, which shielded him from arrest and prosecution by the EFCC.
It is his contention that until that order is vacated, his trial before the court amounts to an illegality and a flagrant disobedience to a subsisting court order.

While insisting that the EFCC knew those who looted their states’ funds, Kalu urged the EFCC to go after them if it was serious about fight corruption.
Besides, the former governor who described the charges against him as ridiculous restated that he could give account of his wealth.

He told his supporters who stormed the court that the only way president Yar’Adua could demonstrate his call for Nigerians to embrace rule of law was to bring his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to book for alleged corruption.

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Joel Efiong(Calabar, Nigeria)says...

This is a great piece. The examination bodies should hire you as ICT consultant.

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ULIMASI means' GOD,THANK YOU' not THANK GOD.

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The name ULIMASI is from the UTUGWANG tribe in OBUDU local government area of CROSS RIVER STATE in Nigeria.

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Authority belongs to God, once He decrees it is final and binding