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Akpabio dragged to EFCC, ICPC

The Socio-Economic Rights and Responsibility Project (SERAP) has requested Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC) and Ibrahim Magu, Acting President, Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), about Godswill Akpabio and Isa Misau on alleged diversion of electoral projects.

The Senate recently examined Akpabio after his nomination as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The organization said: “If the ICPC and the EFCC consider the hospital equipment recovered and six tractors allegedly diverted for personal use by the senators as relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, we urge you to begin prosecuting the former senators immediately.”

In a petition signed by the Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Invite those suspected of being involved to be questioned and ask more questions, and so that they can be prosecuted immediately, as appropriate, would show that No one is above the law.

It would be entirely consistent with the exercise of its mandates to combat corruption and with the spirit and letter of the UN Convention against Corruption of which Nigeria is a state party. ”

According to the organization, “when members of the National Assembly divert the constituency projects for personal use, the essence of such projects is defeated and the integrity of the mechanism compromised.”

The petition, copied to Professor Itse Sagay, president of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, said in part: “Corruption in the provision of public services such as medical care affects and distorts the provision of services and the right to the highest possible level of health.

“The accusations of diversion of constituency projects by public officials have weakened public confidence in the effectiveness of the mechanism currently implemented to provide essential public services to those most in need. Unresolved allegations of corruption in constituency projects would contribute significantly to the impunity of the grand corruption in Nigeria and would pose a severe threat to integrity in public life, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

“Accusations of corruption in constituency projects intended to be implemented for the common good and not for the personal gain of legislators would ultimately undermine the principles of representative and responsible government acting in the public interest, and equality and equity.

“Corruption in the health sector or the provision of support to farmers unfairly punishes the poor and depresses the standard of living and opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged population.

“Inviting suspects to be involved in being interrogated and interrogated further, and prosecute them if the recoveries by the ICPC indicate relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, would demonstrate the willingness of their agencies to exercise their authorities and act as a deterrent against violations. of the fight against Nigeria. legislation on corruption and international standards.