[The Injustice Blog] Examining the Sokoto and Akwa Ibom ‘pro-corruption syndrome’

The new trend among state governors in the country irrespective of their party, is frustrating the “anti-corruption war” of the federal government and it’s getting more serious.

While we are yet to get to the end of the drama being played out in Akwa Ibom, between the state government and the EFCC, as the former has approached the court to prevent the later from arresting any of its officials; we are greeted with another one from Sokoto.The state Governor in a bid to re-enact the go and sin no more mantra of Jesus to

The state Governor in a bid to re-enact the go-and-sin-no-more mantra of Jesus to sinners has granted state pardon to five individuals indicted of corrupt practices.

The five individuals were among fifteen officials that served the government of former governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and are standing trial alongside the former governor.

However, the sudden pardon granted the five individuals who are now holding sensitive positions in the Tambuwal administration has shown the non-commitment of the Governor to eradicating corruption in the state.

Another stumbling block against the anti-corruption campaign of the government as seen in Akwa-Ibom and Sokoto is also happening in Ekiti.The state government went ahead to procure an injunction barring the EFCC from arresting any of its officials nor invite them for any purpose at the EFCC office.

This made the work of the commission impossible in the state until two state officials were picked up on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Abuja by the EFCC. As expected, the state government condemned the arrest by the EFCC despite the injunction barring them from doing so.

All these acts as seen in Akwa-Ibom, Sokoto and Ekiti among other states are deliberate efforts to frustrate the EFCC and other anti-graft bodies from doing their constitutional duties is an Albatross to anti-corruption fight in the country.

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