Haruna Kolo, the ex-Chief of Protocol and ex-IPPIS Desk Officer at the Federal Character Commission, FCC, who was issued an arrest warrant by the House of Representatives Committee probing alleged job racketeering in the Commission and some other government agencies, is on the street begging for forgiveness.
The house of representatives had issued an arrest warrant against Kolo over failure to appear before the ad hoc committee investigating job racketeering in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
Kolo had attended the sitting of the Committee once making unsubstantiated allegations against the Chairman of the Commission, Dr Muheeba Dankaka.
Subsequent sittings of the committee and further revelations by victims of the job scam perpetrated by Kolo exonerated Dr Dankaka and since then Kolo has been on the run, despite several invitations by the Committee to appear before it and substantiate his allegations.
The only time he appeared, Kolo admitted on camera that indeed he collected money from applicants to give them jobs but made allegations which were not substantiated against the FCC Chairman.
Some applicants whom he collected money from also appeared before the Committee and confirmed that they paid money to Kolo but exonerated Dr Dankaka, noting that her name was never mentioned in their dealings with him.
Subsequently, after shunning several invitations by the Committee to appear, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Yusuf Gagdi issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Since then, he has been on the run.
However, investigations by this medium have revealed that Kolo is criss-crossing some states seeking the attention of some important personalities to help him beg Dr Dankaka over his unsubstantiated allegations against her at the Committee sitting.
“He has been running from pillar to post begging for forgiveness from Dr Dankaka,” a very close source told our correspondent.
According to the source, some of the personalities Kolo had visited to plead on his behalf were His Royal Highness, the Etsu Nupe and other important people.
“He had even gone to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) seeking the faces of Dankaka’s former lecturers who he knew can speak to her. These lecturers are close to her when she was in school and are still in contact with her. Very senior academics who she respects a lot,” our source added.
Our source was however surprise that despite being issued an arrest warrant, he is still walking the streets free.
“He should be arrested to answer to his sins. He wanted to damage the image of the woman. Only God exonerated her. This same man is here begging! Begging for what? He should arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law,” our source said.
Further investigations by this medium have revealed that indeed, Kolo has been confessing to people that he was used by some Commissioners in the Commission to discredit Dankaka.
“He confessed to the people he was seeking their help to beg Dankaka that he was used by some Commissioners in the Commission to make the unsubstantiated claims against her. The Commissioners have now abandoned him. He’s on his own, but he must answer to his sins,” another of our sources in the Commission said.
Indeed, investigations by this medium revealed that, a day before he made his inglorious appearance at the Committee sitting, Kolo was seen in the company of three FCC Commissioners, confirming his confession that he was used by some Commissioners in the Commission.
Our correspondent learnt that Kolo has been advised to return all the money he collected from applicants to them as a first step to seeking forgiveness.
“He should return all the ill-gotten money to the people he collected them from. This is the first step towards forgiveness for him. He should then apologised publicly to Dankaka in particular and Nigerians in general,” sources told our correspondent.
As at the time of going to press, this medium has not been able to reach Dr Dankaka to confirm whether or not she had received emissaries from Haruna Kolo.
Her aides said she was at a meeting when we called the office and they were not willing to release her phone numbers without her permission.
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