👤 Exclusive: By Staff Reporter From The Pebbles News
Former President, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo was the Nigeria C-In-C who made a tremendous effort to redeem the image of the Nigeria at the international Scene. Even though, the Otta born Retired Army General, himself cannot claim absolute SAINTHOOD.
Before OBJ as he is fondly called left the seat of power after ruling Nigeria at return to Democracy In 1999 to 2007, the ex-President tried removing the country from among ‘corrupt’ countries of the world Financial Action Task Force, FATF.
Chief Obasanjo did so by setting up of two vital anti-graft agencies: The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
At the peak of the fight against corruption, some alleged corrupt Nigerians were made to pay for their crimes. Although, some others escaped miraculously, when the administration of the former head of state who became President in 1999 was almost coming to an end.
The person at the helm of affairs at the EFCC, became very powerful and could determine the fate of any politician at that time.
As usual, there was condemnation that opposition was hunted, but even members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP were prosecuted.
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Before President Obasanjo left office in 2007, the then EFCC Chair, Nuhu Ribadu handed a detailed investigation report on some VIP politicians to the C-In-C. This was part of documents handed to the Late President Umaru Yar’adua.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, #BAT was top on the list of corrupt Politically Exposed Persons, PEPs.
Immediately the late President Yar’adua assumed office, there was leadership change at the foremost anti-graft Agency, EFCC.
A retired Assistant Inspector General of Police Farida Waziri was appointed to run the affairs of the agency.
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Bearing in mind the report on #BAT, predecessor was panicky. n alignment and realignment started among the same hunters of #BAT, who now turned his greatest allies. Here, the THREE MUSKETEERS started acting in variance with their earlier report to #OBJ. This would later be seen in the entrant into politics and support from the hunted.
Many didn’t know that #BAT later infiltrated the anti-graft agency, with the help of the same musketeers who wrote DAMAGING REPORT to #OBJ in the earlier years. Thus, the subordinate (Ibrahim Mustafa Magu) among the musketeers who was described as “‘perennial offender” was brought to book.
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In his veiled claim of VICTIMISATION, EFCC’s Magu told the world that he was being punished by the new government of Late President Umaru Yar’adua and Mrs Waziri, because he was investigating Corrupt #PDP members. As such, he formed alliance with #BAT to BLACKMAIL.
Fortunately, due to the strong link among the then National Democratic Coalition, NADECO members, who helped to fight the late military General Sani Abacha.
It was a good ground to regroup. #BAT had empowered the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore at the United States, while #Ribadu empowered an ally of his who went to establish Premium Times in Nigeria.
The need to misinform the Nigerian populous was aided by several civil society organizations.
The battle continued till the death of Late President Yar’adua and ouster of Mrs Waziri from the EFCC, using the media war that had never happened in Nigeria’s history. The anti-graft agency was returned to the hegemony of Musketeers.
With the government of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan facing battle from all nook and cranny in Nigeria, in the run up to the 2015 election, #BAT got another opportunity to stall and get hold of control of the anti-graft agency. Alignments to seize power from the PDP incumbent succeeded.
When the APC took over government, #BAT became the author and finisher of decision to be taken.
Mr Magu’s appointment was seen as the best bet to pay Musketeers again, for helping to scuttle his investigation at the EFCC for years.
In 2015, Borno born Magu was nominated for the office of EFCC Chair. One of the most ‘Deceptive and Cunning’ appointee of President Buhari, immediately, he proceeded to Bourdillon, Lagos State for patronage and ANOINTING.
This was the point of all manner of Sangodele, Ifa Priest, Amadioha, blessings that were poured on EFCC’s Magu. With a promise to dance to the tune of the piper in all ramifications, both legal and illegal indulgences. #BAT assured of MEDIAs, COURTs, CSOs support.
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It will interest gullible Nigerians to know that Vice President, Pastor Professor Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo is aware of all the ‘Corruption and Impunity’ of EFCC’s Magu.
However, due to unalloyed allegiance to #BAT, nothing can be done, except deceive Nigerians with S. 171 of Constitution.
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My colleague, Adenike Lucas,
@denilucs the Editor in Chief of DENISAURUS News, took the pain to have a clandestine interaction with over hundred Whistle Blowers at the EFCC. A rare privilege that opened the can of worms and exposé under leadership of EFCC’s Magu.
Many didn’t know that #SR and #PT would rather shy away from all that they have on the Atrocious activities of EFCC’s Magu, but would report #NYSCScandal, #GrassCutter, #NHISScam, #WAECFraud, et al. Yet at no time had either of the media exposed anti-graft boss.
For your information, two separate PETITIONS were forwarded to both the Nigerian Senate and President Buhari on the bullying and victimisation of EFCC Staff members by anti-graft Boss.
Even though, the former is handicapped, while the latter feigned IGNORANCE.