Bright Okpocha, a well-known actor and comedian from Nigeria better known by his stage name Basketmouth, has questioned Abdulrasheed Bawa, the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), about the likelihood of conviction for those who are politically exposed in the nation.
This comes after two recent demonstrations by youths over unjustified arrests and extortion by the anti-graft agency without any connection to cybercrime, one in Ibadan and the other in the Delta State region of Warri.
In response, Bawa said that the initiative would not prevent the agency from apprehending anyone who was committing or encouraging fraud in the nation.
However, Basketmouth criticized the EFCC chief on his Instagram account for failing to apprehend corrupt officials who are wrecking the economy in Abuja, where the agency’s headquarters are located.
Great, he exclaimed. I think this is fantastic news and I applaud it, but what about those who brought on the financial crisis? They’re still free to roam around Abuja. All I’m saying is that charity starts at home.
The comedian also provided screenshots of earlier news stories in which various government employees were seen roaming around without being able to account for the money under their control.
“NDDC Acting MD, Pondei shuns Reps for alleged misappropriation of N39b,” reads the first screenshot.
Nigeria’s vice president claims that $15 billion was taken in an armaments procurement scam in the second screenshot, while a clerk claims that a snake in Nigeria ate millions of naira in the third.
Although their own is too much, Basketmouth wrote, “I recommend we create a few animal jails.”