The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has invited the Minister of State, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, to assist the agency in its investigations into a petition brought against the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on allegations of money laundering and criminal breach of trust. In a letter dated March 28, 2023 and marked CCB/HQ/ II&M/007/2301, the agency said the invitation was in pursuant to the mandate and powers of the Bureau as enshrined in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Paragraph 3(e)to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. Director, Investigation, Intelligence & Monitoring at the CCB, Mr S.P. Gwimi, who issued the letter, stated that the invitation was to give Keyamo the opportunity to shed more light on his petition.
Keyamo, who doubles as the spokesperson of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had in the build up to the 2023 general election, lodged a petition against Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accusing him of several wrong doings. In the petition, Keyamo gave the CCB a 72-hour ultimatum to arrest/invite, interrogate and prosecute Atiku for alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. According to him, Atiku had allegedly been involved in money laundering, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and conspiracy when he served as the Vice President between 1999 and 2007. “This invitation is to enable you to adopt the aforementioned petition and to provide any additional information that may be material to this investigation. You are requested to come along with one Michael Achimugu to assist with enquiries regarding the attachments to your petition,” the letter read.