Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Anti-Corruption Protesters Demand Oduah's Imprisonment


Photo: Protesters appeal to ICPC demanding imprisonment of Stella Oduah if found guilty
Protesters on Wednesday stormed the Lagos Office of the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission demanding imprisonment of the embattled Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, if she is found guilty.
The protesters, were confronted by armed policemen, having three shots into the air, and civil defence officers in order to gain entrance into the premises of the commission.

Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Mr. Debo Adediran, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, claimed that many lives had been lost due to corruption in the aviation sector.
In his opinion it is ICPC that should handle all the matter connected with official corruption. But the ICPC said they hadn't got the petition to act and that was the reason why the investigation hadn't been commenced. Thus the protesters submitted a petition and now request thorough investigation by ICPC.

“If Oduah is found guilty after the probe, we want her to go to jail. 

“Though the President has set up a panel to investigate the allegations, but it must be noted that most of the time when President Jonathan sets up his panels, they are to bury the issues rather than bending it to justice.”

The protesters, upon filing the petition to the ICPC, prayed that investigations should be started into the activities of the Minister; the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority; Nigerian Airspace Management Agency; Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria; and other relevant agencies under the Ministry of Aviation.

Chief Superintendent of ICPC in Lagos, Mr. Binga Shintema, assured the protestors them that their petition would be considered.

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