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Babs AjayiWednesday, December 26, 2012
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ABUBAKAR AUDU DECLARED WANTED BY EFCC

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he man is back in town."

"Which man is this?"

"This is the man of the moment."

"And who can that be?"

"The man EFCC declared wanted."

"EFCC declared someone wanted?"

"Yes, the EFCC declared a former governor wanted."

"I know EFCC has a long list of people it declared wanted on its website and ."

"This declaration is different. The man was declared wanted in several newspaper adverts."

"But you've not told me who this man is. Who is this wanted man?"

"The man is the dandy, flamboyant Abubakar Audu, the former governor of Kogi State."

"You mean the EFCC spent taxpayers' money to declare a dandy man who is all about town wanted? That's sure another evidence of fighting corruption without actually fighting it."

"Fighting corruption in words only - Goodluck Jonathan style - and on the pages of newspapers, which is making the Americans mad with Nigeria and her failed war against corruption."

"The advert was to make the Americans and the rest of us see that the war against corruption is on-going."

"And has the EFCC been fortunate enough to locate or get tips about the whereabouts of Abubakar Audu?"

"I don't think they've been that lucky, but their agents are on his trail combing everywhere from Lokoja to Ilorin, from Abuja to Kaduna, and from Kano to Lagos."

"Is that all?"

"What do you mean 'Is that all'?"

"I mean is the EFCC only looking for Audu inside Nigeria?"

"Where else do you want them to look? These agents are trying their best."

"I don't think they are doing enough. They should look everywhere."

"Like where?"

"Like checking him out at his 12301 Glen Road, Potomac mansion."

"Is that in Lokoja or Abuja?"

"You don't know where Potomac is?"

"Where is Potomac? You tell me."

"Potomac is a rich neighbourhood for the high and might in Maryland State, USA."

"Oh yeah, you mean the man they are looking for is enjoying life in the United States? When did he arrive in the US, was that before or after he was declared wanted?"

"Well, well, well, that is bad enough for EFCC that the man arrived in the US a day after he was declared wanted in Nigeria. He probably left Nigeria a day or two before he was declared wanted and stopped over in London before arriving in Washington."

"It may even be that someone in the EFCC tipped him off after a few dollars changed hands."

"I don't care. All I know is that Abubakar Audu is not the only former governor who looted the treasury. More than a dozen former governors are being prosecuted - or so the EFCC said - and they are all going around freely and happily spending their loots, attending parties and enjoying life."

"The EFCC can only do one thing at a time and must conduct full investigation and wait for orders from above before taking action or prosecuting anyone."

"So an order has been given from above to chase down Abubakar Audu and put him away?"

"I did not say that. All I know is that the EFCC is the bull dog of the man in power; it is used to harass, intimidate, put in check or shut down imagined and perceived enemies and opponents."

"I am not so sure about that."

"I am very sure. In recent memory Timipre Silva, the sworn enemy of Jonathan, Ibrahim Idris and Abubakar Audu have been the only former governors the EFCC has been busy pursuing."

"And with good reasons as Audu is said to have looted 4 billion naira from the account of Kogi State between May 1999 and May 2003."

"But there are several other former governors who looted far more."

"Like who?"

"Like Alao-Akala, Joshua Dariye, Gbenga Daniel, Aliyu Akwe Doma, Danjuma Goje and Rasheed Ladoja."

"But was it not the same Abubakar Audu who rendered his wife Aisha and his children homeless from the Potomac mansion and the woman was then provided a temporary accommodation by the department of Human and Health Services of America despite Audu having a guest house at 3928 Highwood Court and two units at N6F 1155 23rd Street and N6M 1155 also on 23rd Street in Washington?"

"Aren't those enough evidence to put Audu away?"

"Only those properties are in the name of Goldwindow, Mercury Belside and Sunshine."

"So, but Audu owns that company."

"Can you prove it?"

"That is a challenge for the EFCC."

"But this may be a good opportunity for Aisha Abubakar to reinvigorate her court case against Audu for throwing her and her children out of the family home."

"In effect the problem Audu is running from will catch up with him."

"Absolutely! Audu threw out the woman and the children on a cold day with no money and little on their backs, leaving them to live off the American taxpayers."

"What a shameless man! How do you throw your own children out in the cold and make them live off the state when you have so much money to throw around?"

"The man's wayward days may be over should the EFCC send the INTERPOL after him."

"Do you think the INTERPOL has time for a terribly managed, witch-hunting tool-of-the-state agency like the EFCC?"

" Abubakar Audu will be troubled if the INTERTPOL is called in."

"In your dreams! Audu knew nothing will happen and he can get away with anything. He even contested for the governorship of Kogi State again hoping to have a second shot at his former job but failed."

"Are you kidding me?

"Audu is above board."

"I doubt that."

"At least he is a few steps ahead of the EFCC."

"Tell me who is not a few steps ahead of the EFCC?"

"I know everyone is moving well ahead of the EFCC, but Abubakar Audu is in a league of his own."

"It is only in a failed nation like Nigeria that deadbeats are getting away with looting and corruption."

"Corruption is a Nigerian and the only one that binds a few Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw and Ibo Nigerians together - the opportunity to steal what belongs to the nation."

"This is why no one in Aso Rock should have a mouth to talk about corruption."

"Aso Rock only plays lip service to corruption being the epitome of corruption itself."

"Audu is chilling out in the US. I wonder what the EFCC will do now."

"What do I care and why should I worry?"

"You need to care. We all need to care otherwise the nation will continue to decline."

"I am not so sure that decline can be avoided; things must get worse before getting better."

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