By Kingsley Olawale
The question on the lips of every discerning observer is: Why Oronsaye?
Having worked closely with Obasanjo, a man many love to loathe, Oronsaye does not enjoy the goodwill of majority.
Why is the EFCC particular about Oronsaye despite the fact that he exposed fraud in pension administration at the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation that had existed long before he assumed office in June 2009?
Obviously, Oronsaye succeeded in checking the spate of fraud by inviting the EFCC and other agencies but he did not succeed in eradicating the menace. Curiously, why is the EFCC not investigating those before Oronsaye and those after him?
When you fight corruption, it fights you back!
Oronsaye “crossed the line” with the EFCC in 2012, when the Committee he chaired recommended the merger of the EFCC with other related agencies. Furthermore, he, as chairman of the Presidential Committee on FATF, has been leading the campaign for the establishment of a legal framework for the NFIU, which will give the body the legal authority to carry out its responsibilities as an independent and autonomous national centre for the receipt, analysis and dissemination of financial intelligence to law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria. Oronsaye has also championed the passage of the following Bills:
- Proceeds of Crime Bill (2014), POCA
- Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill (2014)
These, in the estimation of the EFCC, will render the agency unnecessary.
Why is the EFCC always coming up with such trumped up allegations when indeed the man gave them information with which they arrested the former Director of Pension, Dr. Shaibu Teidi and Mrs. Phina Chidi?
Just, out of curiosity, how was Mrs. Chidi able to escape under EFCC custody?
EFCC insiders tell us that the EFCC boss had attempted to strike a deal with Teidi to help them “nail” Oronsaye by “confessing” that he gave the man money as claimed by Chidi, but Teidi reportedly maintained that his conscience would not let him “nail” an innocent man.
Though the case had been closed and Oronsaye cleared of any link to the fraud, but all of a sudden, it was revisited because a witness made “additional” statements.
We hear the EFCC also attempted to force one Ann Igwe, the former secretary of the former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to “confess” that she gave Oronsaye money. Again, the woman claimed she had never had a meeting with Oronsaye nor did she give him any money.
Why is the EFCC trying to force “confessions” out of people just to “nail” an innocent man?
Out of curiosity, where is ABDULRASHEED MAINA? The man remains a bosom friend and ally of Ibrahim Lamorde, who got funds from him while held sway as Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team.
The EFCC is also using the current Director of the NFIU, Francis Usani to peddle unsubstantiated allegations against Oronsaye as a person.
After failing to succeed with Norman Sixth Wokoma and Juliet Ibekaku, Usani’s immediate past predecessors in office, the EFCC has found in Usani a willing to do a yeo man’s job.
When Wokoma refused to “play ball,” the EFCC leadership got him out. Ibekaku was roughly removed from office when she let them know she knew so much about the seized assets from the likes of disgraced former IGP Tarfa Balogun and the likes, which Lamorde and some of his ilks have already shared among themselves. How did they succeed? They capitalized on the frosty relationship between then President Jonathan and former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi by claiming she was dating the latter.
Hard as they try to twist the true story, William Cullen Bryant remains right: Truth crushed to earth, shall rise again.
About Kingsley Olawale:
Olawale, is a lawyer and writes in from Lagos.
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