Ministers and key officials of the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, have voiced out the exploitative acts of the members of the APC who are making millions out of them to shield them from Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.
Hiding under the guise of good Samaritans willing to assist them secure soft-landing from corruption probes, some well-placed Nigerians, among the senior members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and security operatives, are said to be scamming former ministers and top government officials in Jonathan’s government of millions of naira.
A prominent Nigerian, who held an influential and strategic position in the last government, blew the whistle on how some security operatives are intimidating him and his former colleagues with tales of probes by either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices (and other related) Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) against them.
The former government minister official, who declined to be named, revealed that the people often offer to assist ex-ministers to either stop the probe or arrange a soft landing if they (ex-ministers) would part with a negotiated amount of money in cash.
“These days, what we see and hear everyday from security men and key members of the ruling party is that this and that probe is going on at the EFCC against Jonathan’s men. They will tell you to bring so so amount of money to enable them stop the probe. Out of fear, some of us accede to their requests…” he said.
The former government official said targets include ministers like Works, Aviation, Transport, Water Resources, Federal Capital Territory and Education and added that some peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members were working hand-in-glove with APC members to swindle them.
Corroborating his claims, an aide to one of the former ministers lamented what he described as an “obnoxious development where some APC members were terrorising members of Jonathan’s cabinet with threats of investigations with a view to extorting money” from them.
He, however, did not name such APC leaders or those in the corridors of power who were ripping Jonathan’s men off.