Monday 18 June 2018

Why I dragged EFCC, Oshiomhole to court over corruption – Bishop Osadolor Ochie

Bishop Osadolor Anthony Ochie, an Edo base Edo cleric and rights activist, who dragged the immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, to court over an alleged corruption has declared that he does not belong to any political party.

Ochie had also dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, tothe same court for refusing to investigate the said corruption allegation brought before it.

The cleric maintained that his decision was not based on politics, adding that it was based on purging the country of corruption.

Bishop Ochie had last week filed a legal action against the EFCC at a Federal High court, in Abuja, asking it to compel the anti-graft agency to investigate corruption allegations he made in his petition and several other petitions against Oshiomhole.

In a Motion Ex-Parte filed before the court by his counsel, Dr. Ehiogie West Idahosa, the activist sought a declaration by the court that the EFCC has the statutory duty to investigate and commence criminal prosecution of 2nd Respondent upon the allegations made by the applicant and establishment of such allegations against the 2nd Respondent by the 1st Respondent pursuant to Sections 6(b) & (h) and 13(2) of the EFCC Act, 2004.

Speaking with newsmen in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Ochie said those misconstruing his action as that of being politically motivated should disclose to the public his political party.

“I want to make it very clear. I am not a member of any political parties. Those who are politicians should go and look at their registers and if they can find either Osadolor Anthony Ochie or Bishop Dr. Osadolor Anthony Ochie which ever one and if they can find it, it means I am fighting a political course.
“I am a human right activist that is committed to sincerity and integrity that this country needs to be redeemed from corruption because corruption has destroyed the future of our youths.

“Today, million of our youths are into crime not because that was what they asked God that they want to be but because somebody has shortchanged them and took their opportunities”, he said

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