The storm over the case brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC against the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello immediately raised controversy after it was discovered that he was charged for offences perceived to have been committed before his advent as governor of the Confluence State.
That was in the consideration of observers of the intercourse between the EFCC and political actors in Kogi State, another, if not, a damaging paradigm in the on-again-off-again scrimmage between the state and the EFCC.
Recall that before now a maelstrom had ensued after the commission took action against politically exposed persons around the former governor and noticeably, his immediate family and relatives.
If the EFCC should receive commendations for its war against corruption, it must be seen to be fighting the war appropriately and above reproach.
It is against this background that the assertions of other political stakeholders and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs come into perspective.
Following the umbrage over the amended charges brought before the court, the CSOs, observed thus:
“This looks like a hurriedly prepared amendment targeted at an individual without paying much attention whatsoever to the facts. Excepts the Commission is able to prove before the Court that the duo had been involved in financial transactions with Kogi State money before Yahaya Bello assumed office in January 2016 as Kogi State Governor, then they have a lot of questions to answer Nigerians.
“This is how bad-intentioned and politically motivated allegations are exposed and it smacks of profound dearth of professionalism on the part of the EFCC. If they come up with nebulous excuse of a typographical error, this further exposes their professionalism and calls to question the competency of the EFCC leadership and legal team/department,” the activists declared.
The allusion to political witch hunt were further fueled by allusions as to plans by the former governor to overthrow the incumbent national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
It is the association of the two events that gives the fillip to a political witch-hunt in the perspective of the camp of the former governor.
Remarkably, the EFCC is not in a position to engage itself in a political brawl or propaganda against the former governor or with any other person. Its forthrightness and diligence to the pursuit of justice should be seen in its actions. Those are the credentials with which it shall be scored.
It is for this reason that the agency should endeavour to be above board in the prosecution of not just this case but every case that comes before it.