Friday , 7 October 2022

Invasion of Pinnacle Communications: Group calls on AGF to rein in ICPC

A pro-democracy group Decency in Governance has called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to caution the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to desist from witch-hunting Pinnacle Communications Limited to safeguard the image of the Federal Government.

Pinnacle Communications Limited is a leading Nigerian technology company and a leader in advanced transmitter equipment systems design and installation, and services for both digital television and radio.

The company early in the week, alleged illegal invasion of its Abuja office by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC describing the move by the anti-graft agency as despicable and unwarranted

Decency in Governance President, Abayomi Oyelola (mni) reacting to the raid in a statement called on the AGF to speak up saying that the move by the ICPC is creating the wrong impression.

The statement read, “The continued loud silence of the Attorney General over the attempted invasion of Pinnacle’s premises without just cause creates an impression of Federal Government support for unlawful excesses of its agency”, a statement by pro-democracy group Decency in Governance said.

The group said the Attorney General was grossly negligent in remaining mute over “such an outrageous abuse of power” by the ICPC.

The group recalled that the ICPC initially denied involvement but later admitted that it was acting on the instructions of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Pinnacle Communications has since denied the tax evasion hoax with categorical affirmation of compliance.

“We ought to have heard of a query or sanction or clarification distancing government from such witch-hunting activities”, the group remarked.

It urged the AGF as the number one law officer to view ICPC’s action as an extrajudicial attempt to scare away people in view of its pending suit against Pinnacle Communications Limited.

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