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Monday, 15 June 2015

HURIWA clears Imo Speaker of corruption, ritual killings allegations

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the National Human Rights Commission to restrain the leadership of the Youth for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) from what it called scandalizing and damaging of the credibility of the Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly.

It claimed that YARPT had alleged that the Speaker, Mr. Benjamin Uwajumogu was corrupt and implicated in cases of ritual killings.
HURIWA dismissed the allegations as unfounded and lacking in concrete proof and urged the petitioners to wait for a determination of any subsisting investigations before concluding that the Speaker is corrupt and implicated in cases of ritual killings.

The group in a release signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media Affairs Miss Zainab Yusuf disclosed that, “from extensive investigation within the various security and judiciary institutions in Imo State, there emerged a clearer picture of the fact that the person of Mr. Uwajumogu may likely be a victim of political witch-hunt”, it said.
It stated that the underlying objective of the allegations was to deny him a possible ministerial slot should the incoming Nigerian President General Muhammadu Buhari decides to appoint him to represent Imo State in the next executive council of the federation.

HURIWA said: “The police authority in Imo State told us in black and white that there is no shred of evidence to support the sensational claims that the Imo State speaker is corrupt or is remotely connected to any established  case of  ritual killings in Imo State”. 
It called for caution while waiting for the determination by a competent law enforcement body and the judicial institution on the allegations. “As a human rights platform we believe in the principle of rule of law and fair hearing”, the group said.
It stated that the leader of the Imo State legislature actively supported the effort which culminated in the passage of the bill known as a law to prohibit baby racketeering through baby factory operations and every other arrangement connected with it.
“The Speaker is a good and qualitative Nigerian to be made a minister under the change mantra of the incoming All Progressives Congress – led federal government. Imo State witnessed rancor - free legislature/executive relationship in the last four years even as the state legislature never capitulated to the level of operating as puppets of the Imo State governor,” it said.

24 May 2015 

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