Another Nigerian group joins move to recover oil money allegedely stolen by Rupiah Banda and son

Another Nigerian group joins move to recover oil money allegedely stolen by Rupiah Banda and son

A Nigerian advocacy group says Rupiah Banda’s contempt threats against anti-corruption campaigner Olanrewaju Suraju is a “note of violence” to all Nigerians. And the civil society organisation says it will drag Banda to the International Criminal Court   over his threats against Suraju.  Banda, through his lawyers Makebi Zulu Advocates, has threatened to commence contempt proceedings against Suraju, the chairman of Nigeria’s Civil Society Network Against Corruption after he recently declared that Nigerians would demand their oil money from Zambia. But in response to Banda’s threat, Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy (CODWA) executive director Taiwo Otitolaye stated that his organisation’s attention had been drawn to the attempt by the Zambian government to arrest and prosecute in Zambia Suraju and Benjamin Ezeamalu, a Nigerian journalist, over their demand for accountability on the waste, underpayment and enri

Rupiah and his notorious son

Rupiah and his notorious son

chment of private pockets from the proceeds of their oil. He observed that the leadership of Zambia was aiding their Nigerian counterparts to rip-off Nigerians of benefits from their common wealth. “This threat is a note of violence not only against Suraju but the entire Nigerians…. This is the highest level of corruption and economic sabotage. Whereas Nigerians are paying for fuel through their noses, concessionary arrangees are siphoning our fund,” Otitolaye stated. “We demand henceforth that proceeds from oil sales to Zambia be deposited in an ESCROW Account until the in-coming government takes over. We have no option but to rally Nigerians to request for full accountability for oil deals and concessions which transpired between the Nigerian leadership and the Zambian government, and into which accounts such monies were deposited. We hold our comrades and any other persons standing on the side of the citizenry in high esteem and will not allow the ranting and intimidation of Rupiah’s agents pass over. Hence, we have resolved to go to the International Criminal Court.”  He added that it was the “height of ignoble exigencies” for Zambia to threaten citizens of a country over their fundamental rights of productive discussions and engagements of extortionists who had been swindling Nigeria of huge income.   Otitolaye further stated that Nigerians shall not yield to Banda’s threats for their collective interest. “The natural resources of our people are their lives; any attempt to subjugate the voices probing for transparency and accountability from collaborators shall be resisted,” stated Otitolaye. –

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