NASS undermines anti-graft war –Sagay

NASS undermines anti-graft war –Sagay

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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), yesterday accused the National Assembly of undermining the anti-corruption war.

He was reacting to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara’s claims on anti-graft war.

Sagay said the lawmakers did not support efforts to rid the country of corruption.

He alleged they refused to pass key anti-graft bills and failed to confirm Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“In fact, the National Assembly has constituted itself into an opposition to the anti-corruption struggle. It has mounted a war against the anti-corruption struggle. It has decided to obstruct it at every stage.

“For example, the bill for a special criminal court is not moving. And we saw the way they tried to stop Magu from being chairman of EFCC just because they found out he was effective, determined and incorruptible.

“They really want to weaken it, destroy it and bring it to the level it was when (ex-president Goodluck) Jonathan was in power. So, they are enemies of the anti-corruption struggle, there is no question about that,” he stated.

Sagay denied that the government was determined to send people to prison at all cost.

He said the National Anti-Corruption Strategy included prevention, adding that the government was rather determined to recover stolen funds.

“He (Saraki) said we are determined to send people to prison. No. What we are determined to do at any cost is to recover every stolen kobo, all the loot taken from Nigeria, 100 per cent.

“We will not allow any loot to remain with anybody. We need it for development. That is what we are determined to do. And you will find instances in which we lose a criminal case, and still recover the assets from the persons involved,” Sagay said.