By Femi Adeleke, Abeokuta
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Thursday hailed the decision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to obtain orders for the interim forfeiture of assets traced to a former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, his wife, Nneoma Nkechi and daughter.
CUPP described EFFC’s action as a right step in the right direction which would help revive and rebuild the confidence of Nigerians in the anti-corruption fight of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group in a release by the spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, on Thursday, commended the EFCC for the decision, as it further called for spreading its dragnet wider “in order to trace and recover both within Nigeria and outside the country the over N50 billion the former governor and members of his family looted using alleged fictitious companies.
“We also urge the EFCC to go all hug and dilligently investigate and prosecute all former governors who have been accused of corruption. This will go a long way to prove that there is no scared cow.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the CUPP wants the commission to beam is searchlight on a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; and a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, among others.
“All those who are alleged to have helped themselves with the commonwealth of their states must be brought to book to serve as deterrent to current public office holders and many others that will come after them.
“The era of impunity and financial recklessness among our political leaders must end for the country to move forward,” the release stated.