The plan by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and its civil society allies to submit a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) suffered a setback on Tuesday after some youths on the entourage were denied entry into the commission’s premises.
The group led by the Secretary General of CNPP, Chief Willy Ezugwu had arrived at the EFCC headquarters at Wuse 2, Abuja shortly before a 3pm appointment to present the petition asking the commission to revisit the report of the power sector probe by the House of Representatives.
At about 3.20pm Chief Ezugwu and other members of the team were at the reception where they stated their mission and desire to present the petition to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde in person. Officials at the reception called Lamorde’s office on intercom, following which several discussions as to the nature of the visit ensued.
At a point the CNPP Scribe stepped out of the reception to receive other members of the coalition who were being denied entry at the gate. It was during his absence that another call came on the intercom to confirm that the EFCC Chairman was in a meeting and will proceed to observe his prayer time before meeting with the coalition by 4.30pm. “Once he finishes this meeting with this people he would go and pray and then he would attend to you people, let’s say that will be around 4-30” One of the officials at the reception told the coalition.
By this time however, members of the coalition have become irritable over the refusal of the security operatives at the gate to allow additional members of the coalition to enter the commission’s premises.
Chief Ezugwu later told newsmen that the attitude of the officials at the commission raises suspicions for members of the coalition. “If this is how the EFCC is going to fight corruption then we may just as well forget the so called investigation into (the fuel) subsidy.”
The petition by the group is asking the EFCC to investigate all past and present officials who are connected with the $16 billion spend on the power sector without results.