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Benue Group Lambasts Aondoakaa Over Corruption

Posted: Sep 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi

A group, Benue Integrity Watch, has told the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, that he lacked the moral standing to speak on corruption.

The group hinged its argument on the alleged corruption issues that the former minister was linked to in the twilight of the President Umaru Yar’Adua administration.

The group’s President, Terlumun Gwaza, who addressed journalists in Makurdi on Saturday, September 5, 2015, was reacting to a statement credited to Aondoakaa against the erstwhile governor, Gabriel Suswam.

The former minister was quoted as saying that erstwhile governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam, recently went to beg Governor Samuel Ortom not to go ahead with the probe instituted against him, adding that Suswam must pay back every dime he “looted” from the state coffers.

While Gwaza noted that he (Aondoakaa) that lives in a glass house should not throw stones, he reminded the former minister of allegation of looting of state coffers when he was minister.

Gwaza also alleged that Aondoakaa was one of the few Nigerians who fraudulently enriched themselves during the Yar’Adua administration even as he cautioned him not to make comments when issues relating to accountability were being discussed.

He further challenged Aondoakaa, whom he claimed handled the contract of Makurdi streetlights to explain to Benue people why the facility which gulped large sums of money packed up within a year of its commissioning.

Equally worrisome, Gwaza said; the fact that Aondoakaa’s statement was preempting the outcome of the several probe panels set up by Ortom to scrutinize the activities of Suswam in the last eight years.

He stressed, “What Aondoakaa has exhibited is the height of judicial recklessness considering the fact that the former governor has not even been indicted; even if he is perceived to be guilty, as a lawyer he shouldn’t have commented on it until he (Suswam) is indicted” by either of the panels.

He also quipped, “We are however not surprised at his conduct as he remains one of the few lawyers in the country whose honor as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had been withdrawn (from him) over alleged misconduct”.