By Lami Ibrahim
Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has started acting on the petition by Festus Keyamo (SAN), accusing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of corruption while in office.
It has invited Keyamo to authenticate his petition through a letter dated March 28 to adopt his petition.
Keyamo had alleged that Atiku diverted public funds through Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) while serving as vice president.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment had in the petition given the CCB a 72-hour ultimatum to “arrest, invite, interrogate and prosecute” Atiku for the alleged offence.
Responding to the petition, the CCB explained why it needed to invite Keyamo.
It said: “This invitation is to enable you(Keyamo) to adopt the aforementioned petition and to provide any additional information that may be material to this investigation.
“You are requested to come along with one Michael Achimugu, to assist with enquiries regarding the attachments to your petition.”
Keyamo has also instituted a suit against the former vice president before an Abuja Federal High Court.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/84/2023, Keyamo sought to compel law enforcement agencies to prosecute Atiku over the same offence.
Keyamo is praying to the court for an order compelling the PDP standard bearer “to submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other- Related Offences Commission (ICPC), and the Conduct of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for thorough investigation”.
The minister’s suit is premised on an audio recording released by Achimugu, who is said to be Atiku’s former aide.