Ex-minister faults EFCC, says arrest is abuse of prosecurial power

Posted by News Express | 9 February 2017 | 2,874 times

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Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman and Bar Dele Belgore..

A former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, has picked holes in his arrest and that of Mr. Kale Belgore, SAN, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), describing it as an abuse of prosecutorial power.

Abubakar, in a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja, explained that he and Belgore were recently, invited by the EFCC to its Lagos Office for questioning over N450 million campaign fund during the 2015 Presidential elections.

He said: “Of course, we were in the EFCC’s custody for a few days and today, by the grace of God, we were granted bail on self-recognisance. It is, however, apt to put the record straight and situate the development within the context of the politics currently playing out under the present administration.

“I wish to state unequivocally that this didn’t come to me as a surprise. It is a continuation of politics by other means, and that has nothing to do with the source of election funds that emanated from the presidential campaign office. The question is; what has EFCC got to do with donations voluntarily made by oil marketers to Jonathan government?

“The commission, in a bid to implicate us and set the general public against us, was busy struggling and frantically searching for better word to use. The whole charade is an abuse of prosecutorial power. But I assure you it cannot stand in any court of law.
We shall fight hard to prove our innocence and I believe the judiciary is there to do justice to this case. Thank God, we are not accused of personally enriching ourselves with the so-called fund.”

Source: News Express

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