Minister of State for. Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has filed a suit against the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB); The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) over corruption allegations against Atiku.
Keyamo, who is also a Spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council on 16th January 2023, petitioned CCB, EFCC and ICPC asking them to invite Atiku Abubakar for questioning on his alleged involvement in the diversion of public fund using the “Special Purpose Vehicles” (SPVs) while he was Vice President between 1999 and 2007.
Keyamo claimed that a whistleblower, Michael Achimugu who he said was once an aide to Atiku made the disclosure recently.
In the petition sent to the three anti-graft Agencies, which they acknowledged reception, Keyamo had given a 72-hour ultimatum for them to invite or arrest the former Vice President for interrogation failure to which he would sue them in court.
Following the expiration of the ultimatum, Keyamo has proceeded to file an action at the Federal High Court, Abuja division.
In the case with suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/84/2023, filed on Friday, 20th January 2023, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria is asking the court to compel the agencies to invite Atiku and also investigate the allegations by Achimugu, the whistleblower.
In the writ of summons from the Federal High Court Abuja, a copy of which was posted on Keyamo’s Twitter handle on Friday afternoon indicated that Atiku Abubakar, CCB, ICPC and EFCC were joined as first, second, third, and fourth defendants respectively, while Keyamo is the plaintiff.
According to the document, Kayamo prayed the court to cause the defendants to make an appearance before it within 30 days of the service of summons over the suit.