Date Published: 07/10/09
HRJPF Petition to ICPC over Ogbulafor
Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission,
DEMAND FOR THE ARRAIGNMENT AND PURPOSEFUL PROSECUTION OF PRINCE VINCENT OGBULAFOR, CHAIRMAN, PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP), FOR CORRUPT PRACTICES, RANGING FROM OBTAINING GRATIFICATION, EMBEZZLEMENT AND CORRUPT ENRICHMENT
We respectfully write in respect of the above matter. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), we are committed to the attainment of the goals and objectives inherent in our name. On this note, we have never failed to fight corruption no matter who is involved.
Recently, and quite in the normal course of our advocacy programs, we discovered startling facts concerning the person of Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party. Our findings showed the following:
1. That within three (3) months of becoming National Chairman of PDP Prince Vincent Ogbulafor bought a house worth =N=400,000,000.00 (Four Hundred Million Naira) only from a former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
We are aware that Prince Vincent Ogbulafor was not a business mogul before his assumption of office. Without doubt, the sum of =N=400,000,000.00 expended by Prince Ogbulafor is clearly an indication of an accretion to his personal resources which should attract his prosecution since he has no satisfactory explanation.
2. In 2000, one Chika Nwadibia made allegations of financial impropriety against Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who was then Minister for Special Duties (Economic Affairs), a position that conferred on him the power to supervise the National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC). The substance of the allegation, then made, was that Prince Ogbulafor was a party to the embezzlement of =N=104,000,000.00 public funds, belonging to the Federal Government. The said allegation was fully investigated and the following facts emerged:
(1). The sum of =N=104 million, belonging to the Federal Government was distributed under the supervision and or connivance of Prince Ogbulafor.
(2). That the Federal Government did not receive any consideration on the above sum as they were distributed and paid out for the execution of non-existent contract.
(3). That Prince Ogbulafor and several others shared the loot and doctored the papers to cover their paths.
(4). That Prince Ogbulafor, in a rare show of honesty in dishonesty admitted receiving =N=2 million from the said lump sum. He however, claimed it was an ex-gratia payment to aid him pursue an undisclosed political venture.
(5). However, the sharing formula showed that Prince Ogbulafor was given =N=28m through one Chris Nwoke, who according to Prince Ogbulafor is well known to him.
We have painstakingly cross-checked the above facts and they are un-impeachable. This is evident from the contents of your case file with Ref. No. ICPC/P/NC/477/2005/37. The question which we have not been able to answer is why you have failed to prosecute Prince Ogbulafor. Without doubt, Prince Ogbulafor ought to be standing trial. That you have failed to arraign him is only explicable on the premise that he is a “big fish” in the ruling party. But we know that the law is not a respecter of any person. Crime is crime, no matter the person.
In the circumstances of the foregoing, we hereby demand that you arraign and prosecute, before a court of Law, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor within 7 days of the receipt of this letter. We have given you only 7 days because we are aware you have already completed your investigation.
TAKE NOTICE that if you fail to heed the demand herein made we shall without fail move the court to compel you to carry out your duties in Act establishing you.
Comrade Chidi Nwosu,
Human Rights, Justice and Peace Foundation,
93, Market Road, First Floor (Back),
Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
CC: The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria