It has now become evident that following the appointment of a Nigerian Judge, Justice Biobele Georgewill to serve as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry by President Bio, some APC bigwigs are to account for alleged ill-gotten wealth.
Justice Georgewill is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, who chaired a seven-man Judicial Commission on Armed Forces Compliance with Human Rights allegedly committed by Nigerian forces against citizens.
Among the recommendations of the Government Transition Team is for the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate some officials of the past regime for unexplained wealth and other related matters.
According to the report, those who are to be investigated includes: former President Ernest Bai Koroma, erstwhile Chairmen of Board of Parastatals, Departments and Agencies and some former ministers who served under the APC administration for the past 10 years.
While explaining about the processes involved in the setting up of such Commission, Deputy Minister of Information, Solomon Jamiru, said already the government through the Ministry of Justice has tabled the Constitutional Instrument in Parliament, which he said is expected to become law after 21 days if no objection is made.
He said the Constitutional Instrument will give the Commission a clear mandate and a time frame for the conduct of the investigation and make recommendations to government.
The deputy minister also allayed the fears of members of the public by reassuring that the Commission is neither a political witch-hunt nor a court, saying all those who will be investigated for unexplained wealth are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law.
On the issue of delay in laying the Constitutional Instrument before parliament, he explained that government has 3 arms of government and that the executive through cabinet has done it own work and is only now left with the legislative arm to do its own part.
He concluded by saying that the issue of setting up of Commissions of Inquiry is nothing new in the country and even around the world, maintaining that even former President Koroma set up his own.
The issue of the Government Transition Report that has culminated in the appointment of the Nigerian Judge to chair the Commission of Inquiry is not the only matter former officials of the past regime have to contend with; there is also the Audit Report, Hajj-gate and Youth Village alleged corruption cases.