Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says the prosecution of Raymond Dokpesi, former chairman of Daar Communications PLC, shows the “lopsided” essence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive.
On Thursday, the Abuja Court of Appeal discharged and convicted Dokpesi of corruption charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is accused of receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the national security advisor (ONSA) between October 2014 and March 2015, under the tenure of former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki.
In a statement issued on Friday by Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, the former vice president said that the EFCC is focused on punishing opposition leaders while being unconcerned with members of the ruling party.
“The whole anti-corruption trial seems to be centred on opposition leaders, throwing doubt on the legitimacy of the anti-corruption agency,” Atiku said.
The former vice president, on the other hand, congratulated EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa on his nomination and urged him to learn from the errors of his predecessors.
“As a young man of great intellect and confidence, I’m confident that you are up to the task. You must be ready to restore the glory of the EFCC by changing its public perception as a political tool of the government in power,” he said.
“Let your conscience and history judge you. But you can only do so if you resist external manipulation. May Allah guide you aright.”