By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
An appeal has been made to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa by some patriotic Nigerians to act vividly on most of the matters in their custody.
The appeal was made known during an interactive session organised by a youth organisation in Kaduna on Sunday June 26, 2022, where a case of a retired Army General who was swindled, topped the complaints.
During the event, most of the participants commended the anti graft agency, but emphasized that they should do more.
While sharing his opinion on the matter, one Baba Kamalundeen said that the agency was established to to bring succour to Nigeria especially in area of retrieving stolen money from looters.
He highlighted one key area the agency needs to act well, pointing out that someone allegedly looted government fund or some fund the agency needs to urgently follow all the necessary steps to see that they prosecute the individual by ensuring they follow the case to the end without fear or favour.
He narrated a pending case in court that the EFCC needs to look into the case, which was adjourned to September 29, 2022.
He explained that it is a case in which one Yushau Muhammad Kebbe allegedly collected a total sum of 80 million Naira from an Army General, who happens to be on a peace keeping mission in Sudan under the United Nations some years back that in 2006 and later again collected another sum of over one billion of Naira this time around when converted from 156 million dollars sent to him.
“By the time the legendary general was back to the country, he then asked for his money but all efforts proved abortive as Kebbe allegedly converted the money to his personnel use,” he said.
Mallam Baban Kamalu narrated that, where he faults the anti graft agency is that after the case was reported to them, although they swung into action and even took the matter to the court, where the accused person, Yushau Muhammad Kebbe pleaded not guilty and was remanded in prison, but later granted bail and has since been going about his normal business.
“The case is still pending for more than three years he urge the agency and court to do more in prosecuting such people people that were allege destroying the nation and also playing the card of destruction among friends in his remark, the leader of Buhari Old Boys, a scholar, Malam Nasiru Muhammad made his appeal to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to look into and ensure speedy dispensation of those types of cases by checkmating the agency and the likes and also the judges so that justice will be asserting.
Malam Nasiru wondered how someone that was alleged to have defrauded his childhood friend of over a billion of Naira and later granted bail, only refunded 20 million Naira and even his property that were seized.
“We appeal to the Commander-in-chief and President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of such victims,” he said.
It would be recalled that Kebbe who is a childhood friend to the general, nearly denied his children good qualitative education when the General was in Sudan, his son needed some funds to to further his education abroad, but Yushau Kebbe denied him by refusing to transfer what was needed to him even after receiving series of calls and text messages from the General, it prove abortive.
Although the general being a devout Muslim and Yushau Muhammad Kebbe also of the same faith, the matter is billed for hearing on July 14 at Daura Road Sharia Court against Yushau Muhammed Kebbe over alleged breach of trust and cheating.
Another case being prosecuted by the EFCC in High Court Kaduna, comes up on September 29, 2022, all against Kebbe who allegedly defrauded an army general over a billion Naira.
If found wanting, he will be punished under section 312 of the penal code.