Arewa youths tackle Akpabio over attack on Emefiele

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The Arewa Youths Forum has described the attacks on the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio as mere attempts to divert attention from his case before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Northern regional youths body said this in reaction to comments attributed to Akpabio that the Bola Tinubu’s administration does not know what crime to charge former Emefiele with.

In a statement signed by its Acting National Secretary Isa Dangaziya the forum said in saner climes people like the former Akwa Ibom State governor, who have baggage of corruption against them should be either behind the bars or hide from public shame.

The youths wondered why people like Akpabio who allegedly looted Akwa Ibom State common patrimony and even the country while serving as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that causes the country economic sabotage and even have cases before the anti graft would have the temerity to turn around and blame others for the nation’s misfortune which he is an architect of.

They asked Akpabio to hide himself in shame as his “sins have been forgiven since joining APC” as Adams Oshiomhole had said some years back and allow “Emefiele breath in the words of President Tinubu” by not using him to further curry favour and appears sanctimonious as many Nigerians are already aware of his corrupt stature.

“We received with rude shock, the comments attributed to Akpabio attributing the current economic hardship and hunger in Nigeria to the actions and policies implemented during Emefiele’s tenure at the apex bank when in essence, he is one of those who milked and is still milking Nigeria dry and they are walking freely despite humongous corruption allegations.

“To our outer dismay and surprise, the Senate President was reportedly spewing these lies in an update of a church programme posted by Channels Television on its X handle on Sunday – in the sight of God to show how people like him have sold their conscience.

“Just remind Nigerians, as recent as April last year, it was widely reported in the media that the EFCC
invited Akpabio, for interrogation over an investigation concerning corruption allegations against him.

“There were allegations of an N40 billion fraud perpetrated in the Niger Delta Development Commission, a parastatal under the ministry superintendent by Akpabio for three years.

“Also, there were allegations of over N86 billion contract scams involving him and a former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, which the EFCC had been investigating.
The anti-graft agency had in the past arrested Akpabio over the alleged theft of N108.1 billion of Akwa Ibom funds.

“The EFCC had earlier invited Akpabio to appear for questioning on March 29, 2023 but his lawyer, Umeh Kalu, SAN, in a letter to the anti-graft agency alleged that his client was suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia.

“Looking at the above, any discerning mind would not hesitate to conclude that Akpabio’s outing yesterday was nothing by diversionary tactics, typical of the pot calling the kettle black,” the group stated.