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Labour Asks Government to Reinstate Withdrawn Charges Against Subsidy Suspects

By on August 6, 2012

TUC President, Peter Esele

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is up in arms about the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw fraud charges against some of the subsidy suspects.

Last week the government withdrew charges against Durosola Omogbenigun and Peter Mba, and their respective companies, Integrated Oil and Pinnacle Oil.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Oyedepo Rotimi, said he was under instructions from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Bello Adoke to withdraw the charges, and said the case was mistakenly instituted.

This is despite the fact that the former suspects had been indicted in the fuel subsidy fraud investigative reports authored by the House and Aigboje Imokhuede’s committee.

Labour under the auspices of TUC addressing journalists after its National Executive Council meeting on Friday in Lagos said government should explain its decision to Nigerians.

President of TUC, Peter Esele, said, “Congress is worried about the withdrawal of the charges against some of the oil subsidy fraud suspects by the federal government and would want to know what has made this action very urgent now. We had felt that this would have been left for the courts to decide.”

He added, “It should be noted that the amount of money involved in the subsidy fraud runs into trillions of naira but the amount allegedly stolen by those standing trial are presently about N304billion. We then ask what about those who have cornered the other trillions? When will they be brought to trial to face justice?

“If this is an attempt to try these persons and use it as a cover to hoodwink the people of this nation, we want to warn that we shall resist it and it must fail.”

 

  • blinks

    The federal government has long been trivialising issues of national interest such As̥̊ this…it only further partrays the insincerity of the government in her commitment to purging itself of corruption

  • ade

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Whoever or whatever they are, they should exonerate themselves in court not before. This is why I blame the legislative arm for corruption in this country. When they should act they would be numb, rather they would be found in the middle of corruption.