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Malabu Oil: Group Condemns Detention Of HEDA Chairman For Exposing Alleged Fraud, Demands Apology




A gaggle, the Useful resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Training (CHRICED) has condemned the arrest and detention of Olanrewaju Suraj by the Nigeria Police over Malabu oil deal.


Suraj, who’s the Chairman of the Human and Environmental Growth Agenda (HEDA) has been advocating justice as regards the alleged corruption which has ravaged the sale of the contentious OPL 124 oil block generally known as Malabu.

In a press assertion signed by the manager director of CHRICED, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, made out there to SaharaReporters on Friday, the group stated Suraj was framed by a former Legal professional-Basic and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke who’s standing trial on the case.

The Centre, which known as for the quick launch of Suraj, additionally faulted the police for displaying prejudice over the matter, including that it ought to do a radical investigation.

“The Useful resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Training (CHRICED) unequivocally condemns the current arrest and detention of the Govt Director of Human and Environmental Growth Agenda (HEDA), Mr. Olarenwaju Suraj by the Nigeria Police. Suraj who can be Chairman of a frontline civil society coalition, Civil Society Community Towards Corruption (CSNAC), has been the main voice within the quest to make sure accountability and justice for Nigeria with respect to the huge bribery, which adopted the sale of the controversial OPL 124 oil block, often known as Malabu.

“A former Legal professional-Basic and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke who has been standing trial over the problem in Nigeria and Italy was stated to have petitioned the Nigeria Police alleging that Suraj was a part of those that cast paperwork in opposition to him (Adoke) whereas the case was occurring in a Milan, Italy courtroom.

“For us, the case is a transparent instance of highly effective, influential and linked members of the society utilizing establishments of the state to harass and oppress those that dare to query their actions. It’s disconcerting that the Nigeria Police is already creating the impression that Mr. Suraj is responsible, even with none exhaustive investigation of the case. It’s, due to this fact, condemnable that the Nigeria Police isn’t performing as an neutral and dispassionate investigator within the matter, however seems to be doing the bidding of an social gathering,” the assertion partly acknowledged.

The organisation, in its assertion, additionally condemned the Nigeria Police for its carefree place on how the nation was handled within the Malabu deal. It pressured that the safety company ought to champion the prosecution of those that defrauded the nation and never oppressing a daring citizen.

“CHRICED additionally finds it unacceptable that the Nigeria Police isn’t involved about the true points round how Nigeria was ripped off with respect to the Malabu deal. Because the lead establishment for legislation enforcement, we consider the Nigeria Police, alongside sister anti-corruption businesses ought to be inquisitive about what occurred to the $1.1 billion which was paid into an Escrow Account of Nigeria, however was stated to have been paid as bribes to prime officers of the then authorities of Goodluck Jonathan. 

“A patriotic police drive ought to be inquisitive about bringing to justice those that fleeced the nation, as a substitute of becoming a member of to persecute a brave citizen who has been campaigning for justice.

“CHIRICED, due to this fact, calls on the Nigeria Police to tender an unreserved apology to Mr. Suraj; and to cease creating the impression that Nigeria is a rustic the place legislation enforcement establishments collude with the corrupt and highly effective, to suppress the voices of residents who kick in opposition to their actions. We name for the harassment and intimidation of Mr. Suraj to cease forthwith, as that is clearly a case of corruption preventing again.

“CHRICED additionally calls on a broad spectrum of civil society teams to talk as much as condemn the try and muzzle Mr. Suraj. It’s Olarenwaju Suraj being harassed at this time; it might be some other civil society chief tomorrow if everybody stays silent within the face of state-sanctioned tyranny and oppression,” the assertion added.

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