Jang: EFCC is Corrupt, Compromised – PDP


BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu has been described as “corrupt and compromised” and “at its worst” since inception as it has become a tool for political witch-hunt by the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Condemning the arrest and continuous illegal detention of Senator Jonah David Jang by the anti-graft outfit since last Monday, the Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the plight of Senator Jonah David Jang in the hands of the EFCC “is sheer framing and desperate effort to blackmail the Senator because of his rising political profile in recent times”.

Speaking during a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state chairman of the PDP, Honourable Damishi Sango, said the arrest and detention of Senator Jang is politically motivated, and regrets the deterioration of the EFCC from its noble foundational mandate of economic crimes watchdog to a mere institution for political victimisation, blackmail, and gagging of the opposition politicians in the country.

Sango dismissed the arrest and detention as partly intimidation and orchestrated effort of officialdom using a morally bungled and partisan EFCC to humiliate outstanding politicians with impeccable credentials and misrepresent them to the world as people not worthy of public trust, and not capable of holding high office.

The state PDP chairman expressed concern that for more than 72-hours, the EFCC has held the immediate past Plateau State governor, thereby breaching his fundamental human rights, including denying him access to his medical doctors and medication, and to that extent exposing him to unfavourable conditions and endangering his life.

The party called on the federal government, particularly a malicious EFCC under Ibrahim Magu, to ensure that Jang does not suffer premature death, and that if the EFCC actually has its acts together, it should charge the Senator to court with immediate effect.

Rising from an emergency meeting of the State Working Committee, the Party also noted that while “the appropriate agencies of government are at liberty to discharge their statutory and constitutional mandates, due diligence, respect for due process and the rule of law must be followed”.

It maintained further that “we consider this bail denial and unlawful detention of Senator Jang as part of the orchestrated plan by the ruling APC government to clamp down on the opposition”.

A source close to the EFCC said the agency is being literally conscripted to carry out the dirty job which will similarly be visited on more politicians in the build-up to the 2019 general elections, especially those with the electoral value capable of challenging Buhari to the presidency of Nigeria.

The source said the “order from above “influence is responsible for why the conduct of the EFCC in the Jang matter has been more “desperate than professional”, pointing out that when Jang arrived the EFCC premises on Monday, an official on duty took him to see the Chairman Ibrahim Magu, at the Idiagbon Block, but on reaching there, Magu was not there, and the official later announced to Jang that there is instruction from above not to let him return home to freedom.

A member of the Senator Jang legal team, David Dusu, in a chat with reporters, said the EFCC has already contravened constitutional provision by holding their client for more than 72 hours. His two suits have already been instituted, one in Jos and the other in Abuja, pressing for the enforcement of the Senator’s fundamental human rights, and the other for the Senator to be received on bail.

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