The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been asked to release Zamfara State governorship aspirant on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Daudu Lawal from detention or arraign him in court.
A group, under the aegis of Coalition of Democratic Watchdog of Nigeria, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Comrade Yunusa Idris, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, also demanded arraignment of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole over alleged bribery during party’s primaries.
It would be recalled that Mallam Daudu had been arrested last week by the anti-graft agency over alleged $17m bribery given to Oshiomhole to influence last governorship primary election in his favour in Zamfara State.
Idris, who hailed President Buhari for his determination to eradicate corruption in Nigeria, stressed that EFCC should desist from handling the issue with bias, insisting that allegations levelled against Oshiomhole are so damning than to be covered.
The statement partly read, “Mallam Daudu Lawal has been detained in EFCC custody since last week without being charged to court.
“Adams Oshiomhole who allegedly received the 17m US Dollars as bribe has not been invited by the anti graft agency (the EFCC), let alone being charged to court.
“Both the giver and the receiver are equally culpable. That is the law. Anything short of this tantamount to an aberration of our laws and a kangaroo arrangement.”
The coalition wondered why the former labour leader has not been invited by the anti-graft agency despite many corruption allegations dangling on his neck.
It said, “Nigerians reserve the right to know the reasons why Adams Oshiomhole has not been invited by the EFCC and charged to court even with multiple corruption allegations dangling on his neck for an administration that was voted based on the anti-corruption pedigree even when one Bishop Ochei from Edo state had on October 28, 2016 petitioned the EFCC against Oshiomhole on his activities while the Governor of Edo state.
“Why is Mallam Daudu Lawal still in the EFCC detention without being charged to court?
“Why the alleged bribe giver is being incarcerated in the EFCC custody while the alleged receiver is moving freely unperturbed and unmolested for a party that preaches war against corruption?
“Could it be that Oshiomhole is being shielded by the powers that be against the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?,” the coalition queried.
It, however, vowed that it would continue to monitor the activities of the anti-graft agency till both the alleged bribe taker and bribe giver are charged to court for the same offence.