Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called for the disbandment of all anti-corruption agencies in the country over their ineffectiveness in discharging their duties.
According to Wike, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission should be disbanded since the Federal Government was thwarting their efforts at fighting corruption.
The 2023 presidential aspirants particularly faulted the corrupt practices of the Muhammad Buhari led government following the state pardon granted to a former Governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, and his Taraba State counterpart, Jolly Nyame, who were earlier convicted for corruption.
He said the ruling All Progressive Congress had made the painstaking efforts of the anti-graft agencies useless as corrupt officials found guilty were being granted a presidential pardon.
This was contained in a statement by Wike’s Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, while addressing delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano State on Monday as part of consultations ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
He said: “This is the same government that complained against the judiciary that it is not fighting against corruption. Now, look at what the judges have passed through; sleepless nights from the FCT High Court to the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court, everything is wasted.
“If President Muhammadu Buhari knows that he doesn’t want to fight corruption, then, he should disband EFCC and ICPC because he has thoroughly embarrassed them.
“So, all these things he (Buhari) is doing is because of the election coming soon. They want this person in Plateau State to help them and they want this person in Taraba State to help them. But it will not work because Wike will face them in that election.”
Wike said he refused attending Council of State meeting to avoid being ambushed with an unknown agenda which he was not privy to.