Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has yet to act on a National Human Rights Commission’s report recommending the prosecution of some individuals allegedly involved in the electoral scam that characterised the 2007 and 2011 general elections, The PUNCH has learnt.
One of our correspondents learnt from sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice on Thursday that the report had yet to receive the attention of the minister four months after it was submitted to him.
The report, containing a total of 118 indictments, was personally submitted by the immediate past Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, to Malami shortly after its official release in Abuja on August 11, 2016.
The 284-page report is titled ‘An independent review of evidence of gross violations of the rights to participate in government, to public service, and to fair trial through the election petition process in Nigeria 2007’.
The NHRC’s report is a compilation of persons and institutions that were indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 elections.
The 118 indictments in the report were categorised into six, with 20 said to be criminal in nature; 49 administrative/criminal; 38 administrative; four administrative/judicial; three professional and seven judicial.
About 60 persons, organisations and courts and government institutions were named under the various categories of indictments in the report.
Among the individuals named in the report are a former Governor of Delta State, Emmnuel Uduaghan; an ex-governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor; a former acting governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi; and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor.
A former Kebbi South senator, Maj. Gen. Tanko Ayuba (retd.); a former senator representing Ekiti North, Ayo Arise; and an ex-Ekiti Central senator, Adefemi Kila – three of whom were elected to the Senate in 2007 – as well as a former Ondo South senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, who was first elected to the Senate in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, were also on the list.
The Independent National Electoral Commission and many of its officers, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, the All Nigerian Peoples Party, the Court of Appeal, various election petitions tribunals, which sat in many states of the federation on petitions that arose from the 2007 and 2011 elections, were also listed under various forms of indictments.
The name of lawyers, like the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN); G. A. Adetola – Kazeem (SAN), and one Chief Adeniyi also featured on the list.
The NHRC recommended some of the individuals to the AGF for criminal prosecution.
But when contacted on Thursday, the Head, Media Relations Unit, NHRC, Mrs. Fatimah Mohammad, said the commission had yet to get a feedback from any of the institutions that were meant to implement one part of the report or the other.
Also, the spokesperson for the AGF, Mr. Salihu Isah, said he was aware that the report was sent to his boss, stating that he was not sure it had been acted on or not.
But INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osasse-Uzi, said he was not aware of any INEC worker named in the report. (Punchng.com)