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Monday, 3 July 2017

War Against Corruption: SERAP writes house of representatives, demands the withdrawal of bill granting full amnesty to suspected treasury looters.

SERAP writes house of representatives, demands the withdrawal of bill granting full amnesty to suspected treasury looters.

The socio-economic rights and accountability project,  SERAP writes house of representatives, demands the withdrawal of bill granting full amnesty to suspected treasury looters.  The body says the lawmakers should promote law that will reform the criminal justice system to ensure corrupt persons are prosecuted.
The bill was introduced by Linus Okorie, Ohaukwu/Ebonyi federal constituency of Ebonyi State, and read for the first time on June 14, and now awaits second reading.
The bill seeks to grant looters amnesty against probe, inquiry or prosecution after fulfilling certain conditions.
Those affected would also not be compelled by any authority to disclose the source of their looted funds. The scheme is to last for three years, but it could be extended at the instance of the Federal Government, the bill provides.
But SERAP, in an open letter signed by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, urged the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to use his leadership position to take without delay, all necessary measures to withdraw the bill to grant full and complete amnesty to suspected looters and allow them to keep their ill-gotten wealth.
In a letter dated June 30, SERAP urged the House to allow justice and accountability in corruption cases, and not impunity or immunity.









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