Human rights lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo, has called on the federal government to arrest, immediately, the former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Andy Uba, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and Chibuike Achigbu and charge them for money laundering, conspiracy and bribery.
The call followed an application filed by Achigbu before a Federal High Court in Abuja in which he claimed that he gave the money to Andy Uba for the purpose of financing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2007 general elections.
In a press statement signed by Keyamo and made available to journalists, the lawyer urged the federal government to arrest Ribadu, interrogate him and charge him to court for conspiracy to pervert justice.
According to Keyamo, it is either Ribadu on the one hand is lying that he was offered $15million as bribe or Andy Uba, Ibori and Achigbu on the other were all lying that it was not bribe.
’’Arrest Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, interrogate him and charge him to court, if necessary, for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perjury as regards the proceedings in Asaba when he swore on oath or procured another to swear that he was given a bribe.
“This is because, it is either Ribadu on the one hand is lying that he was offered $15million as bribe or Andy Uba, Ibori and Chibuike Achigbu on the other are all lying that it was not bribe. Both versions cannot be correct and any version that is false amounts to a crime under our laws.”
However, Keyamo urged the federal and Delta state governments to immediately withdraw their suits for forfeiture of the bribe money from court. He asked all other parties to back off from pursuing cases for the possession of the bribe money and said that it was a national embarrassment.