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Niger Delta Groups Differ On Diezani’s Arrest

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 12:34 am   /   by   /   comments (1)


Groups in the Niger Delta region have expressed different views over the arrest of the former super-minister of petroleum in the administration of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Maduekwe in London.

The Centre for Media and Development Communication, CEMEDEC in a statement in Port Harcourt on Sunday said though no official reason have been advanced for the arrest and detention of the former minister, it is alleged that the arrest was in connection with the looting of public funds.

Styvn Obodoekwe who is the programme director of the group said,  “while we support any step taken to checkmate corruption in the society and bring corrupt officials to book as corruption and bad governance are known to be responsible for the backwardness of Nigeria, we consider the ordeals of Dizeani as part of the oppressions being meted out on those opposed to the emergence of President Mohammadu Buhari and his APC party as the rulers of this country, Nigeria.

“We have no doubt that the arrest, and detention of Diezani and the looting and sealing up of her Abuja home has nothing to do with Buhari’s much trumpeted anti-corruption crusade”.

Obodoekwe alleged that the arrest was “rather a selective persecution and victimization of opposition members, especially those from the Niger Delta.

“Neither Buhari nor Britain can claim to be interested in fighting corruption in Nigeria or anywhere for that matter when they have continued to flirt with and to shield members of the APC like Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva and Raji Fashola, known to have wreaked havoc on public treasuries.”

“There are weighty evidence of corruption against these people, yet, Buhari and his UK cohorts have continued to shun every call for their prosecution.”

However, the Niger Delta Frontiers, NDF, was in total variance with the rights group when it said that President Buhari ought to have applied for extradition from United Kingdom so that Diezani could be tried in Nigeria for looting the country blind. Coordinator of the group, Dr. Sam Epiye in a telephone interview Sunday said the sharia law should be applied in “dealing” with corrupt people in the country and “whoever is found guilty irrespective of where the person comes from should be executed”.

He noted that the present economic predicament the country faces was due to an unprecedented “looting of the treasury by officials of the past administration under Jonathan”, insisting therefore that the former minister of petroleum deserves the ordeal she is presently under-going.

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