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Monday, 7 December 2020

Arrest and Prosecute Abia State Governor's Chief of Staff Now - HURIWA Tells CBN

The failure of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele to employ the services of law enforcement agents to lawfully prosecute prominent persons who obscenely break the extant law prohibiting the spraying of the national currency has been described as unfortunate as it makes Nigeria appear like a banana Republic whereby might is right and the rich are exempted from the law.

Civil Rights Advocacy group, Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) made the observation while reacting to the trending online video in which the Abia state’s governor’s Chief of staff Mr. Anthony Agbazuere  was conspicuously seen displaying ostentatious lifestyle by brazenly abusing the National Currency of Nigeria by spraying them on the controversial Onitsha, Anambra State based self-acclaimed prophet Mr. Chukwuemeka Ohanamere also known as “ Odumeje” inside the hallowed chambers of the government house in Umuahia, Abia state.

The Rights group said that aside the Central bank of Nigeria and the office of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau ought to order the arrest and prosecution of the public official working for the governor of Abia state for displaying a conduct unbecoming of the law and ethics of holding such a high publicly funded office in Nigeria being a nation that is governed by law. 

HURIWA condemned the lack of interest on the part of Godwin Emefiele the Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor who has consistently looked away whilst the law against the spraying of Naira and other legal Currencies do occur and are circulated online. 

The Rights group accused the governor of CBN of only being interested in being deployed as political attack dog of President Muhammadu Buhari to chase after suspected sponsors of the recently disrupted peaceful ENDSARS protests, whose bank accounts were unconstitutionally frozen.

“We hereby call on the Inspector General of Police Mr. Mohammed Adamu to salvage the nation’s waning image and to tell the World that Nigeria is not a banana Republic whereby some persons are above the law just as he is charged to arrest both “Prophet Odumeje and Mr. Anthony Agbazuere the chief of staff to governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and prosecute both of them for abusing the Naira in such a brazen display of lawlessness. The reported suspension of the Chief of Staff is only but a political statement. The law is very clear that such offences must be prosecuted by the police. The IGP should act  decisively and professionally”, HURIWA stated.

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