Piqued by a threat against the immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, a civil rights group, Bauchi Civil Society Organisation Network has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the activities of a group, Coalition against Financial Crimes and Injustice.
The Bauchi CSO in a statement by its coordinator, Mohammed Hussein alleged that the Coalition has turned itself into “a criminal enterprise” specializing in maligning and blackmailing politicians that refused to part with money after raising spurious allegations.
Coalition against Financial Crimes and Injustice had in a public statement threatened to sue the Chairman of the EFCC, “for not investigating and prosecuting former Gov. Abubakar, over fraudulent acts and corrupt practices he allegedly committed while in office.”
“We condemn in strong terms the activities of the Coalition, and we wish to warn it to desist from making unfounded allegations and also stop the antics of using the anti-corruption agencies to serve personal interest.
“The people of Bauchi State and the country at large have observed the terrible antics of Coalition against Financial Crimes and Injustice over the years and as such its latest threat against former governor Abubakar can never be taken seriously.
“This is a man who worked tirelessly as a governor and refused to share the hard-earned resources of the state with politicians culminating his arranged defeat.
“The people of Bauchi State have come to realise that MA was unjustly treated and that individuals, groups and organisations like the Coalition were the instruments used to launch a massive campaign of calumny against the former governor,” the group said.
The Bauchi CSO Network has however asked the former governor to ignore the threat and continue to with his post-office responsibilities unhindered, describing the threat as “baseless, wicked, cheap and unfounded.
“We wish to urge our former governor not be deterred in doing his best for the society after office,” the statement added.