Campaign For Democracy Blast Army Chief For Threatening Mahdi, Mull Legal Action Against EFCC, KTSHA
The National President of Campaign For Democracy, CD Com Abdul Bako Usman has lampooned the Chief of Army Staff,COAS, Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai for threatening a Kaduna based business man for revealing that the COAS was give a huge chunk from the N52 billion security vote allegedly misappropriated by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
Alhaji Muhammad Mahdi Shehu had about 3 weeks ago petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Katsina State House of Assembly alleging that the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, the Secretary to the State Government Muhammad Inuwa and other political appointees of the Governor fraudulently withdrew and spent over N52 billion security votes that were accrued to the state with due process nor using the monies appropriately.
In the petition, Madhi named Lt General Buratai as being a recipient of Masari’s corrupt largesse receiving about N2.5 million from the Governor .
However, in a twist, Com Bako Usman said that Buratai had written a letter to Madhi this week threatening him with legal action and arrest .
According to the Rights Activist, since a petition has been tendered to relevant bodies, the COAS should have waited for an invitation from the EFCC or KTSHA or hold on till the conclusion of the investigation before taking any action .
Mr.Bako further warned that the Campaign For Democracy won’t take lightly any harm or any attempt to intimidate Mr Madhi into silence using the apparatus of the government.
Speaking to journalists on Friday morning in his residence, Bako also revealed that his organizationis giving the EFCC three weeks from today to start investigation into the allegations brought to it by Madhi or face court case and protests
He further explained that CD in conjunction with other civil society organizations would watch the actions of the KTSHA closely so that Madhi’s petition is not swept under the carpet.