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Thursday, 19 June 2014

News|Nigerians Are Angry As FG Drops N446 Billion Theft Case Against Mohammed Abacha

There is anger in the land as the Federal Government seems to encourage corruption.

Mohammed Abacha gets presidential pardon
When news broke last night yesterday that the President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government of Nigeria has dropped a N446.3 billion theft case against the son of former military head of state, late Gen. Sani Abacha, Mohammed Abacha, who looted trillions of Nigeria's money and stashed same in foreign countries, it was hard for people to believe.

While some people believed it could not be true, those who have been following the antecedents of a government that says corruption is not the same thing as stealing, knew the government is capable of doing anything since it has been treating corruption cases by its officials with great levity.

For those who don't know, the government had preferred   nine counts of stealing against Mohammed in February, 2014. It had accused him  of unlawfully receiving about N446.3 billion allegedly stolen from government coffers between 1995 and 1998.

But a shocker was unleashed on Nigerian when the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke,  asked Justice Mamman Kolo of the FCT High Court to strike out the charges on the grounds of “fresh facts” that just emerged concerning the case.

Many see this as a political gimmick by the PDP led government to make incursions into Kano State in the 2015 general elections since the Governor of the State, Rabiu Kwankwaso and the new Emir, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, are APC members and the APC has taken a firm root in the state.

The thinking is that Mohammed Abacha will be given the PDP governorship ticket and he could actually help the PDP in the election since he and his family still have great clout in the state.

Prominent lawyers like Femi Falana, Jiti Ogunye, Fred Agbaje and Femi Aborisade, have come out to condemn the move which they see as political geared toward the 2015 elections.

These are some of the words they use in their disapproval.

«They would not have done that for nothing. It could have been done to promote a political agenda of the President Jonathan administration.

«President Jonathan should not use the future of Nigeria to bargain for his ego or political interest.

«It is a political decision. It is all an attempt by the ruling party to win Kano State at all costs in the election.

«In fact, condemned armed robbers could even be granted political amnesty towards 2015 general election.

«The development is very sad for the rule of law, the administration of criminal justice system and the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

«The development is very sad for the rule of law, the administration of criminal justice system and the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

«With the withdrawal, which followed the recent verdict of the Supreme Court that Mohammed has a case to answer, the message that is being sent to the judiciary is that we are at home with corruption, we are government of corruption and we promote corruption.

«It is the most unpatriotic action undertaken by this government reputed for encouraging corruption and negotiating shady deals with local and international criminals who have defrauded the country.

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