The publicity extended to All Nigeria Editors’ Conference
(ANEC) in Port Harcourt regarding Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s participation may
have just smoked him out of his hole. For anti corruption crusaders, this is
This opportunity to arrest Ex governor Emmanuel Uduaghan over many
allegations of looting the Delta State treasury should not escape the knowledge
of the ICPC and EFCC. Indeed, the crime fighting agencies in Nigeria should not
fail on this if really they are desirous of addressing corruption without bias.
It is huge irony that editors of newspapers invited someone they have written
to tatters on his ill gotten wealth and corruption antecedent to their major
annual event to deliver a keynote address.
If not for blatant desire for money and greed, why should any credible
organisation invite someone like Gov Emma Uduaghan with gross accusations of
stealing billions of naira from Delta State to such an important event like All
Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) in Port Harcourt? This is why many people
believe that journalists are highly insincere in the corruption fight and are
allegedly involved in abetting corruption for self interest.
On this Uduaghan’s
proposed public lecture, I think it is a good opportunity for Concerned Deltans
and Civil society groups in Port Harcourt to legitimately and orderly lead a
major protest against Uduaghan’s public participation at the event. The EFCC
and ICPC cannot deny it has many petitions against Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan because
some of them are even on the internet.
Even, if they may claim there is none in
their possession, the fact is that these agencies really do not need any
petition on Dr. Emma Uduaghan because it is a settled matter in law that
financial crime fighting organisations can initiate investigations and
prosecute without any petition. The information in the media is enough for
Governor Uduaghan to be caged and charged without any petition especially given
that there is a landmark judicial pronouncement by the justices of the Court of
Appeal where the presiding Judge, Hon Justice Obande F. Ogbuinya, of the Court
of Appeal in his judgment citing sections 6[a] and 27 of ICPC Act ruled that the ICPC has such powers,
That the present administration of Delta State under Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa is struggling to pay salaries is very sad. How then can such a
government deliver good governance if the billions of naira stashed away by his
predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan are not returned? No one should expect any
magic from Okowa.
Even though Okowa has started well, his promises of taking
Delta to a new level may end up as oral gymnastics if Uduaghan’s impunity is
not addressed. It is easy to imagine why the Delta State government cannot
initiate a probe on Dr Uduaghan but if the truth be told, if Delta State must
grow under the Okowa administration, the good men and women in our society must
speak against Uduaghan’s financial impropriety and alleged stealing whilst in
office. It is ridiculous that an organisation of editor’s which ought to be the
whistle blower and watchdog for the society is glorifying corruption merely
because alleged thieves like Dr. Emma Uduaghan can provide financial support to
the organisation. What a rotten society!
For emphasis, aside Uduaghan thrusting Delta State into
great financial debt of 637 billion naira that cannot be repaid in ten years,
he is also alleged to have converted Delta State assets to private ownership as
widely reported in the media. The time
for ICPC and EFCC to act is now. Deltans are suffering as a result of Dr.
Uduaghan’s gross misdeeds on their common wealth. This organisation of editors
should revisit their decision or stay in shame, otherwise, they may just end up
being classified as the worst enemy to the Buhari’s corruption fight and Delta
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