I was fired for not going after only Buhari's enemies – sacked special detective

By Editor on 23/05/2018

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“I told him that I will not be a party to one sided investigation to muscle in the opposition and persecute them. I made my position known that I am ready to expose corruption and recover stolen assets as a professional but will not be involved in the politics of “PULL THEM DOWN” in Nigeria.

These were the words of Victor Uwajeh, disengaged Special Investigator to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on recovery of Public Property (SPIP), as he revealed the reason why he was recently relieved of his duties by the Nigerian government. Uwajeh, named Senate President Bukola Saraki and other opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts, such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike, Senator Jonah Jang, Patience Jonathan, Femi Fani- Kayode amongst list given to him to investigate.

Uwajeh, a private investigator and former consultant to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was recently employed by Okoi Obono Obla-led panel but was disengaged about a month later.

The London-based private detective, said in a statement on Tuesday that doing what the government wished, would have gone against his professional ethics even if he was willing and ready to lend his services to fighting corruption in Nigeria.

Hear him: “It was the procedure of the Panel to courier documents to me from Nigeria for despatch to various Agencies in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Soon after I realised that the Panel has a mindset towards certain individuals and groups by the documents it sent to me. Documents sent to me from Abuja to despatch to the Serious Fraud Office and Home Office, Metropolitan Police, FBI and EUROPOL had the names of the following senators: Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Sen. Albert Bassey Akpan and Sen. Stella Adaese Oduah. I suggested some names “who are high looters that I recommended for proper investigation but it was turned down.

This raised a red flag and as a professional I made my complaint immediately and made my position known to Okoi Obono Obla to transmit to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

“I told him that I will not be a party to one sided investigation to muscle in the opposition and persecute them. I made my position known that I am ready to expose corruption and recover stolen assets as a professional but will not be involved in the politics of “PULL THEM DOWN” in Nigeria.

“My refusal to dance to the tune of the Government and SIPP led to my disengagement. After meeting in London on 18th April, 2018 with some officials during the CHOGM, it was evident that I will not bulge in my position not to go against the ethics of my profession by investigating only the opposition.

“As soon as they arrived Nigeria on the 23rd April, 2018 they drafted a letter to disengage me. They kept the letter and wanted me to change my mind but I refused. On the 27th April, 2018, they sent me a backdated letter of disengagement dated 23rd April 2018.

“In the said letter it was alleged that I had a criminal allegation against me pending in court as the reason for my disengagement which is laughable.”

“I will continue to maintain my dignity even in the face of a gang up against me. “Nigeria can only move forward when the fight against corruption is not selective but holistic no matter whose ox is gored.” 

Posted 23/05/2018 07:17:52 AM

 

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