By Bisi Olominu, Osogbo
Osun State-based human rights group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) on Thursday submitted more documentary evidences to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
A statement issued by the group’s Directorate of Media and Strategy, which was made available to newsmen on Thursday, disclosed that the new documentary evidences were submitted to the Ibadan Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Akaninyene Ezima, through an official of the agency, Mr. Richard Adejumo, and they have assured that the anti-graft body would unravel the issue, no matter whose ox is gored.
The CSCEOS maintained that the documentary evidences were submitted to the anti-graft agency as a result of its request for more convincing evidences on the subject matter during the appearance of its member before the Commission on Tuesday 17th May, 2016, challenging the EFCC to work hard in ensuring that all the culprits in this matter are brought to justice as it as applicable in the ongoing armsgate investigation, urging the EFCC not to give room for an era of impunity where some certain elements in the land would commit financial crimes and go away with it.
It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had earlier invited the rights group, through an Invitation Letter, dated 13th May, 2016, with the reference No: CR: 3000/EFCC/IB/T.B/VOL.1/79 and titled: “Investigation Activities: Acknowledgement/Invitation Letter” signed by EFCC’s Zonal Head, Akaninyene Ezima to endorse its petition letter.
The group added that it has been tireless in doing a yeoman’s task in service to humanity.
According to the new documentary evidences letter, “In view of this, our commitment to the transparency in governance as being postulated by the change mantra, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and effort to ensure that all corrupt practices became thing of the past in our society as stipulated by the Section 15(5) of the amended 1999 Constitution in consonance with section 24(e) of the same Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It is against this background that we are submitting more documentary evidences on the allegation of Local Government funds diversion levelled against the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and some of the State and Local government officials in the alleged financial crimes for period of November 2010 to March 2016 in reference to Letter No:-CR:3000/EFCC/IB/T.B/VOL.1/79.
“It is also our belief that section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as amended is protecting the President and Vice-President and Governors and Deputy-Governors from prosecution when in such exalted executive positions but the same Constitution does not protect them from being investigated by the State security agents for possible prosecution over alleged financial crime of this nature, after leaving office as interpreted by the Supreme Court under the watch of Justice Muhammed Uwais in Gani Fawehinmi Vs Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Inspector General of Police(IGP) forgery case saga”.
It further reads thus, “We are using this opportunity to inform the Commission (EFCC) that in the new documentary evidences, some officials of the State government under Rauf Aregbesola’s watch since November 2010 till March 2016 must be invited for questioning and possible arrest.
These are the additional names of the State Government officials to be invited as regards the special intervention projects embarked upon by the State government on behalf of Local Government in Osun State with the available records are: Mr. Wale Adedoyin, the immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Kunle Ige, the former Special Adviser on Rural and Community Development, Mr. Abdullahi Binuyo, former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Alhaji Abdulfatai Kolawole, Permanent Secretary, State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), Engineer Oladepo Amuda, Special Adviser on Works with all the affected contractors in the special intervention project.