Ajaokuta: EFCC charged to produce investigative reports against GIHL

Magu, EFCC Acting Chairman

Kunle Kalejaye 12 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos  – The Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Com­mission, EFCC, has been charged to pro­duce its investigative report on Global Infrastructure Holding Nigeria Limit­ed’s alleged asset-stripping of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd and the sale of the Nation­al Iron Ore Mining Company of Nigeria, NIOMCO, in Kogi State and Delta Steel Company in Delta State.

The demand was made by a human rights group, the Advo­cate for Peoples Rights and Jus­tice, APRJ, under the Freedom of Information Act.
In a letter to the EFCC dat­ed March 30, 2017 obtained by our correspondent, the group’s National Coordinator, Mr. Victor Giwa, asked the anti-graft agency to provide APRJ the copy of its interim report, which allegedly indicted Glob­al Infrastructure Holdings Ni­geria Limited, GIHL.
The request is sequel to the indictment of Global Infrastructure by the Fed­eral Government in 2008 by the late President Musa Yar’Adua administration who had or­dered the prosecution of the com­pany and its owners and manag­ers.
The Yar’Adua administration had ordered the EFCC to investi­gate the concession of Ajaokuta, NIOMCO and Delta Steel Com­pany due to the numerous allega­tions on assets-stripping, vandal­ism and human rights abuses by GIHL in Itakpe and Ogaminana communities of Kogi State.
But, nine years after, the Fed­eral Government has concession the steel plant to the indicted firm.
The reconcession process was made by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who struck a deal with Global Infrastructure in August 1, 2016 to take over the National Iron Ore Mining Company while the Federal Government reclaimed Ajaokuta Steel Company.
APRJ, an international hu­man rights organisation, in the letter to the anti-graft agency’s Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu,said: “Sir, our organisation has been in the forefront of the pro­motion of human rights within Nigerian, through right educa­tion campaign and citizens’ rights protection through court action, public protest, demonstration and media campaign.
“You will recall that the administration of the late Pres­ident Umaru Yar’Adua ordered the EFCC to investigate the con­cession/sale of Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd, National Iron Ore Mining Company of Nigeria and Delta Steel Company due to the plethora of allegations on assets-stripping, vandalism and human rights abuses by GIHL.
“The said interim report of the commission was submit­ted to the government of the late Yar’Adua and after the review of the report, the late President or­dered the criminal prosecution of the promoters of GIHL.
“We are by this letter request­ing the following: The copy of the said interim report of the commission and the status of the criminal case against the pro­moters of GIHL.
“We shall expect this re­port within seven days from the date of the receipt of this letter.”
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