Five days after the Justice James Oyomire (rtd.) Judicial panel of inquiry in Edo state indicted ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole in the Central hospital project, a group, Alliance for Collective Progress has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to probe the alleged suspicious financial transaction during the former governor’s administration.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions, “Oshiomhole has been indicted, EFCC charge”.
Leader of the group, Mr. Nehemiah Omogiate, who led other members to the Benin zonal office of the commission on Monday said, “It was disheartening that the hospital was inaugurated with alleged borrowed equipment.
“We are aware that the panel of inquiry set up by governor Godwin Obaseki has submitted its report and in the report, the former governor of Edo state, Adam’s Oshiomhole administration was indicted.
“And we are here to register our grievance concerning the multi billion naria Edo specialist hospital project, a project that President Muhammadu Buhari was deceived to inaugurate four years ago.”
Omogiate called on the anti-graft agency to commence investigation into the alleged financial crime in the construction and procurement of equipment in the hospital in the interest of justice and accountability.
Head of public Affairs EFCC, Williams Oseghale, who received the group advised them to submit a written petition to EFCC for further action.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for good Governance and Internal Democracy said the composition of the panel “reflects an underhand motive geared towards indicting and demeaning Oshiomhole.”
According to spokesperson for the group, Solomon Idiogbe, “The panel is not in all intent and purpose in the best interest of the people of Edo state.”