DSS Arrest: CNPP Demands NSA, EFCC Chairman’s Resignation Within Seven Days

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  • Says Buhari must repeat Dasuki’s treatment on those indicted

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has demanded the resignation of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd), and that of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu within seven days following the indictment and subsequent arrest of a member of the Presidential Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement superintended over by the NSA.

It said a situation whereby the NSA and EFCC would recover stolen funds from corrupt persons and later turn again to also loot the same money was horrifying, pointing out that based on the indictment, both officials must leave office within seven days or face nationwide protests.

A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its National Chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, and Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said claiming ignorance of the dirty deals implies that the NSA was slow in finding out what went on under his watch.

It added that it was not possible that Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd) who was arrested by the DSS for alleged fraudulent deals involving top government officials could have acted without Monguno’s involvement.
According to CNPP, “The same offence that the entire country is crucifying the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), for has been committed all over again by Monguno as the incumbent, and that Nigerians must not be tolerant of such crime.

It stated: “A situation where the Office of the NSA and the EFCC arrest and recover money from corrupt persons only turn around and steal the recovered amounts was horrifying.

“This is why indicted people are subsequently cleared by the same agencies that indicted them without the benefit of being tried in the law courts and this is no longer acceptable. The anti-corruption fight does not require lip service at this time that Nigerians are feeling the pains of the damage done by corruption.

“This is why we are demanding that Monguno and the EFCC Chairman, Magu, must resign. Distancing themselves from the fraud uncovered by the DSS was not enough. They must also stop chanting the cliche of corruption is fighting.
“Since the EFCC and ONSA were both mentioned in the report about the arrest of Air Muhammed, the onus is now on Monguno and Magu to do the right thing by standing down to allow for unhindered investigation.”

It however warned that Nigerians and the international community are watching to see that the DSS makes the findings from its investigations public while actions must be taken against those indicted.