Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie
Function:
Former Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano
Birthdate:
Jun 16, 1936
Country:
Nigeria
Elevated:
Oct 21, 2003
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English Cardinal Okogie Lauds EFCC for Prosecuting Ex-Govs
Jul 23, 2007
Anthony Cardinal Okogie has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecuting some alleged corrupt former governors.

(This Day (Lagos), 23 July 2007)

Lagos -- Anthony Cardinal Okogie has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecuting some alleged corrupt former governors.

Okogie, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, gave the commendation while speaking with journalists after elevating St Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Oke Afa near Isolo, into a parish.

"When the last administration was with us, everyone seemed to think poorly of the EFCC. "But I knew then that he who paid the piper dictated the tune, and that was what was happening then,' Okogie said.

The EFCC last week charged former governors Orji Kalu (Abia), Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Jolly Nyame (Taraba), Joshua Dariye (Plateau) and Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu State) to court for corrupt enrichment.

Okogie commended the level headedness and transparency of President Umaru Yar' Adua on national issues.

"Now that we seem to have somebody who is level headed as the Head of State, the EFCC can talk, act and work according to the law establishing it.

"That is what is happening," he said. He, however, urged the commission not to sweep under the carpet, cases of corrupt practices against some past leaders and to treat no one as a 'sacred cow'. Okogie asked the EFCC to look into the recent sale of the Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries.

"Not to mention the houses occupied by several Nigerians who were forcibly ejected and sold to other people at give away prices,' he said.
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