A civil society organisation, Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) said it has received with optimism, the recent news of an imminent grill of Senator Dino Malaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged theft of over N630million at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) by four principal officers of National Assembly
Recall that the organisation had recently named principal officers in the said scandal to included Senator Bukola Saraki (Senate President), Hon. Yakubu Dogara (Speaker), Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu (Dep. Senate President) and Hon. Yusuf Lasun ( Dep Speaker).
A statement signed on Thursday in Abuja by the co-convener of CATBAN Ibrahim Garba Wala said the four principal officers “conspired to steal the said sum through false pretense under the guise of accommodation.
“Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) had in a detailed petition to the Inspector General of Police, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and others graft agencies on the 3rd February 2017, demanded the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the aforementioned culprits and their accomplices, failure to which CATBAN would have no other option than to assist them in effecting the arrest accordingly.
“Bearing in mind that CATBAN was effectively preparing for the next line of action on the issue being that the deadline extended to the security agencies had expired, we find the news of Senator Dino Malaye’s grill as a welcome development and we commend the EFCC for swiftly responding to our call, as we await the outcome of the interrogation and subsequent prosecution of the culprits.
“For the records, incriminating documents made available to the media revealed how Senator Dino Malaye fraudulently used his office as Chairman, Senate committee on FCT to initiate and execute the deal on behalf of the four (4) principal officers.