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Group Slams Aondoakaa Over Comments On Suswam

Posted: Sep 6, 2015 at 12:27 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Tor Vande-Acka Makurdi

A group under the aegis of Benue Integrity Watch has told former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, that he lacks the moral standing to speak on corruption related issues.

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

Speaking with journalists in Makurdi, on Saturday, the President of the group, Terlumun Gwaza, said he was reacting to a statement credited to Aondoakaa against the erstwhile governor, Gabriel Suswam.

The former minister was quoted as saying that Suswam recently went to beg Governor Samuel Ortom not to go ahead with the probe instituted against him.

Aondoakaa is reported to have insisted that Suswam must pay back every dime he “looted” from the state coffers.

Gwaza noted that ‘Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones,’ and reminded the former minister of allegations of looting of state coffers made against him when he was minister.

Gwaza also alleged that Aondoakaa was one of the few Nigerians who enriched themselves during the Yar’adua administration, and so 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, was 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 said: “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.”

Comments (1)

  • Sep 6, 2015 at 10:37 am Moses Musa

    There must be no distraction, allow for proper investigations.

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