The Civil Society Network against Corruption (CSNAC), a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organisations, has urged the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of illegal crude oil deals carried out by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a petition addressed to the EFCC chairman and signed by the coalition’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the group called for the prosecution of the masterminds and beneficiaries of the contracts, stating that the deals were the peak of corruption during the administration of the former president.
Taking its lead from a publication of an online newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, of September, 16, 2015, the group said the report from the news medium uncovered one of the most fraudulent crude oil deals carried out by the administration of former president Jonathan, adding that allies of the president pocketed billions of naira through a crude oil transportation contract which violated Nigeria’s procurement and economic regulations.
The group noted that, “It is quite unfortunate and saddening that the resources of the Nigerian State could have been so plundered under the watchful eyes of the President and Commander-in –Chief, who swore to ensure the economic growth and development of Nigeria amongst other issues. In a country where millions of its citizens live below the poverty line, the high level of corruption and wanton disregard for the rules cannot be allowed to hold sway.
“CSNAC is therefore by this petition requesting that a thorough investigation be conducted into the circumstances surrounding the award of these illegal contracts and the prosecution of the masterminds and beneficiaries of these contracts that reeks of corruption at its peak. This will go a long way in deterring potential corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing in plundering the resources of this nation.”