- A United Kingdom based Nigerian private investigator, Evangelist Victor Uwajeh was appointed by the Federal Government recently
- Uwajeh is expected to work as a special investigator to the Presidential Special Panel on the Recovery of Public Property
- An advocacy group has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment
The recent appointment of Evangelist Victor Uwajeh, a United Kingdom-based private investigator, to recover all looted funds and undeclared assets from corrupt public office holders, has been described as a right step taken by the Federal Government.
An advocacy group under the auspices of Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) led by its president, Barrister Edward Omaga made the declaration in a statement sent to NAIJ.com today, Saturday, April 21.
According to Omaga, the appointment has shown that President Muhammadu Buhari is truly determined to kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria, adding that the wealth of experience Uwajeh has acquired international in the area of curbing criminality in public offices will enhance the ongoing anti-corruption war.
He noted that Uwajeh had brought his wealth of experience to bear in Nigeria when he was engaged by successive administrations to unravel numerous economic crimes involving high profile personalities and agencies.
Part of the statement read: “No doubt, the choice of Evangelist Uwajeh to trace and recover undeclared assets as well as funds looted from government coffers goes to show that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed resolute in his resolve to kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria.
“The record we have of Evangelist Uwajeh depicts him as one of the finest private investigator around, having been trained at the Reading University, United Kingdom.”
Omaga however advised the government not to rescind its decision in dealing with corrupt public office holders and those in the private sector, urging the president to snub any distraction corrupt people may want to bring and beware of those disgruntled politicians.
“It is no longer strange that when you fight corruption, corruption surely fights back. President Buhari must beware of some disgruntled politicians who are trying use the media to paint Evangelist Uwajeh in bad light within this period just to settle personal scores.
“We therefore call on other sister Civil Society Organizations, people of good conscience and the international community to join hands with Mr. President as he strives to make Nigeria great again,” the statement concluded.
The presidency recently appointed Uwajeh to trace and where necessary recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud for the government as part of the ongoing fight against corruption.
NAIJ.com gathered that Uwajeh is a former consultant to the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes and former private investigator and consultant to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A letter dated Thursday, March 22, and signed by the senior special assistant to the president on prosecution matters, Okoi Obono-Obla, said Uwajeh's application has been considered for engagement as special investigator to the presidential special panel.
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