CSO Urges EFCC to Revisit Afribank Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been urged to revisit the case of executive directors and management staff of defunct Afribank linked with fraud.

The Nigerian Transparency Network, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) made the call in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr Aliyu Ibrahim, on Thursday in Abuja.

It stated that the call was in the general interest of justice and the helpless shareholders whose investment had been hanging since the bank collapsed in 2009.

It said that the CSO had written a petition on the matter to the EFCC, and recalled that sometime in 2009 the commission began the prosecution of management staff of the bank over alleged fraud in the bank.

“It will be recalled that the prosecution by the EFCC under the leadership of the former Chairperson, Mrs Farida Waziri, was ongoing when suddenly certain intrigues affected the smooth prosecution of the accused persons.

“Of particular interest is the manner in which one of the accused persons was unlawfully and seemingly intentionally converted to a prosecution witness during the trial.

“It is also worthy of note that EFCC earlier told the court that the fellow was nowhere to be found in 2010 when he was visibly seen campaigning to become a gubernatorial candidate of PDP,’’ it added.

The group said that revisiting the investigation was line with President Muhammodu Buhari’s administration’s zero tolerance to corruption.


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