Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Detained cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert, on Thursday, petitioned the House of Representatives against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The petition was signed by Faith Robert and laid by Kingsley Chinda on the floor of the House
Presenting he petition, Chinda complained that Azibaola, who was detained over allegations of a $40 million contract from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has been held for over a month without a charge brought against him.
“Mr. Azibaola Robert is the Managing Director of Kakatar Engineering and Construction Company Limited, and its sister company, One Plus Holdings Limited. He is a cousin to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and a law abiding and peace loving Nigerian.
“Recently, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the said Mr. Azibaola Robert over allegations of a $40 million contract which the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) awarded to One Plus Holdings Limited for the surveillance and security of oil pipelines across the Niger Delta.
“The ONSA is at present indebted to the company (One Plus Holdings Limited) to about $4 million, being final payment for the said surveillance/oil pipeline security contract.
“Mr. Azibaola Robert was arrested and taken into EFCC custody on 23rd March, 2016 and has since spent over a month in EFCC detention, without any formal charge brought against him.
“In EFCC custody, Mr. Azibaola Robert has been denied access to his family, lawyers and medicare and repeatedly bullied, harassed, threatened and psychologically traumatized by EFCC operatives, and no formal charge brought against him.
“Preceding his arrest, however was a raid on his house by scores of heavily armed mobile Policemen who in the process subjected his wife and young Children to the most dehumanising and traumatic ordeal”, Chinda informed the House.
It alleged that the continuous detention of Azibaola was a ploy to indict Jonathan further expressing concerning over his health.