Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said there is nothing wrong in the handcuff of Mr. Olisah Metuh, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP on his way to court to answer to charges of corruption in relations with the 2.1bn dollars Arms fund.
Speaking during a meeting with the new Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, Edo State Chapter, yesterday in Benin City, The Governor said those who are accused of stealing he-goats are handcuffed and paraded by the police and gets no sympathy from the public, why then should Metuh and others who diverted huge public funds be treated with sympathy and respect.
Oshiomhole said, “I want to appeal to the Media to join President Buhari in fighting the anti corruption war because if we don’t, and we allow these rogues to harass the President to silence, all of us are in trouble.
“I saw some headlines saying, ‘why should Metuh be in handcuff? If people who stole peoples he goat, dried grass cutters are in hand cuffs, I have been to Police Station several times and I see young men who rob not more than 500,000 naira and they are handcuff, you go and inspect them and they parade them and made them to seat on the floor. Why should certain set of criminals be treated as if they are not suspected criminals and serious crimes at that.
“When you all reported ravishly how under the former President, and the former Defense Chiefs set up Military Tribunal to try Soldiers who ran away from battle field and they were condemned to death. It was only Femi Falana who was consistent in fighting their case. Those are Nigerians who were to be killed for running away because they couldn’t confront a Boko Haram that was well armed while they were asked to go and fight with their bare hands and we were told that weapons, ammunitions and everything had been provided”.
Oshiomhole continued, “When Borno Governor said, ‘look, our Armed Forces are fighting with bare hands’, and he was told to shut up. Now it is clear from current revelations that the money that would have been used to Armed this young men who joined the army with pride and who on a good day have the courage to fight not only at home but abroad, because they didn’t have arms, they ran away. They were sentenced to death. Thanks to Buhari election, some have been committed now to various terms of imprisonment which I appealed and I think even that one should further be reviewed, they should summit their uniform but remain free people.
“Now, those who shared that money, this is not the usual security money, this is special appropriation to fight Boko Haram, 2.1billion dollar, people just shared it, everybody was using their son, co-opting young children into this while other people’s children were sentenced to death. And anybody who partake in that and they put him in handcuff, they say, why should he be in handcuff because he is an elite person and the media will report it without also showing us pictures of some Nigerians whose father are not known, but are not less Nigerian than any of us, who are always not only in handcuff but are put on the floor in various police stations and paraded even before they are charged to court and we all look at them and turn to the next pictures, it doesn’t attract a commentary”.
According to him, “Why should some criminals just be celebrated even when we all can feel the amount of damage, the consequences of their rascality on our collective wellbeing. I think the media should support the President. This is not President Buhari’s fight, and you know he had reminded us that if we don’t kill corruption, it will kill us. Now corruption is fighting back.
“I saw one tired writer, he has always been writing for Chief Tony Anenih and I was shocked with the ease at which he attempted to turn logic upside down. He said that Chief Anenih has shown how he shared the money he got from the National Security Adviser that was paid to his bank account unlike other people, he didn’t deny it. Can you deny what they pay to your bank account? If he carried it the way they usually carried money in bullion van, he would have denied it but this time, the policeman in him failed him and the money was paid to his account so he was not at liberty to deny what he documented in a banking transaction.
“And then, he goes on to say he was not in a position to know that when Jonathan asked him to bring his Bank Account, he was not in a position to know the source of the money that was going to be used. Ok, maybe until he got the money, he wasn’t going to know, alright, as a former Policeman, who left Police Force under very questionable circumstances as an Assistant Commissioner, when the money hit his account, was the name of payee not stated? When you get alert, don’t you know the source but a former Assistant Commissioner of Police didn’t know the money came from NSA office?
Oshiomhole said, “So when they say those things and that the country is being ungrateful to him, can you imagine how they insult our collective intelligence and the guy even when on to say Comrade has shut up since he saw how Anenih spent the money and all these are being reported as sources close to EFCC. Why should his own be based ion sources close to EFCC? He should go to EFCC and make that statement on a prescribed form, the way it is done in a Police Station under caution.
“And it is only when they are in trouble that they tell us they have medical condition. Until now, nobody knew that they had medical condition so even health is been used as an emotional instrument to curry public sympathy. Which is worst, those who are ill now because they are under investigation or those who have died as a result of the crime they committed? To be sick, you still have a chance but people are already dispatched because of the crisis, the way money meant for their health was diverted. Then the guy said comrade has shut up. Me to shut up! When they were on their feet, I was attacking them, is it now that they are in their grave that in will shut up?
“So, when they write those things, somebody in the media should reply them. We don’t need hired writers. Somebody should be bold enough to say, you got 400million, you have explained how you shared and the fraud and corruption. When they say Mr. Fix it, now we know how they will go and register a political party as an assistant party purported to be independent but they fund it at night so that they can go and say,. So and so party supported them and used their agents ion election day and when you are disputing, they will say everything went well.
“So, you see, he agreed in sharing XYZ but he has not published in detail of the remaining fund. He had not disclosed how he spend it. The one they were distributing in Benin, they have not explained because you were aware when dollars and naira were being distributed. So the Benin version is yet to be opened up and it will be opened.
“So Anenih must be prosecuted like any other suspected petty criminal, he can’t run away from it. For me, when people say selective, it may be over because he should have by now been invited. All of them must be prosecuted and I know that President Buhari will sweep with a short broom. So I asked you to support President Buhari.
Speaking Earlier, the Edo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, Sir Rowland Osakwe said they were in government House to present the new Executive Council Members of the Edo State Chapter of the NUJ to the Governor.
He used the opportunity to thanked the Governor for his developmental strides in the state, and for the cordial working relationship that has existed between the Union and the government in the past 7 years and sued for its sustenance.