The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has commended the arraignment of the Secretary to Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani for money laundering.
In a statement issued by Mr Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of CACOL, it stated that the six-count charge brought against the duo of Kobani and one Samuel Okpoko, bordering on money laundering involving a sum of N750m, was a great step in tackling corruption in the country.
DAILY POST recalls that both men pleaded not guilty to the charges before Justice B. Bilikisu of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt in connection to the infamous $115 million Diezani Alison-Madueke scam, involving several politicians and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Reacting, Adeniran called on EFCC and ICPC to also persecute other criminals that have robbed Nigerians.
He said, “For every million naira or dollar stolen or misappropriated by any Government official and their cronies, millions of Nigerians are directly deprived of access to education, good roads, electricity and other social amenities and the right to life through good Medicare.
” This is why like Caesar’s wife; those who have being put in positions of public trust must rise above board by accounting for every penny in their care.
“We commend EFCC and ICPC for their patriotic zeal to rid our land of evils of corruption and provide the accused the opportunity to clear their names if they are innocent of the charges proffered against them.
” We also advise that this case and many others like them should be clinically, diligently and fairly prosecuted and concluded. Whoever turns out culprits should be made to suffer for their wicked acts while proceeds of the crime should be completely retrieved and repatriated to their original source to relief long-suffering Nigerians and serve as a deterrent to others.
‘If however, they are found innocent of the charges, they should be promptly released and adequately compensated for the moral and material damages they could have suffered.
” It will also send a strong signal that no matter how long it takes, the seemingly slow-grinding wheel of justice will eventually catch up with whoever is involved in corruption crimes.”