The Center for Human Rights and Socio-Economic Justice has called upon the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to inquire into alleged financial mismanagement within the office of former Petroleum Minister of State Timipre Sylva.
Having previously submitted a formal petition to the EFCC on June 10, 2023, the group emphasizes the necessity for a prompt and comprehensive investigation, noting that no action has been taken since.
Declan Ihekaire, the Convener of the organization, conveyed this appeal during a press conference held in Lagos at the Ogba locality on Friday.
Ihekaire highlighted that the need for an investigation arises from compelling disclosures and reliable reports concerning Sylva’s activities and decisions during his tenure.
“Sylva’s role carried immense responsibilities, overseeing a pivotal sector that significantly influences the nation’s economic health and the livelihoods of numerous citizens. There exists substantial evidence indicating the misuse of funds, illicit financial gains, and favorable treatment toward specific companies within the industry, even encompassing illicit appropriation and redistribution of oil blocks,” he stated.
“These allegations strike at the core of our nation’s economic advancement and erode public confidence in our institutions. As conscientious Nigerians, we earnestly urge the EFCC to conduct an impartial and extensive investigation into these accusations.”
Ihekaire emphasized that the principles of transparency and accountability, fundamental to a functional democracy, mandate equality under the law, irrespective of one’s position or influence.
“We firmly believe that transparency forms the bedrock of a functioning democracy. We maintain that unveiling the truth and dispensing justice is imperative. Our nation’s image is on the line, and only a meticulous investigation can restore public trust in our governance.”