Socio-Financial Rights and Responsibility roject (SERAP) has despatched Freedom of Knowledge (FoI) requests to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of Space of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to, inside 7 days, submit all stories of hearings and corruption probes via the Nationwide Meeting since 1999.
It suggested them to expose the quantity and main points of public hearings and corruption probes via the Nationwide Meeting that experience ended in any indictment of suspects, and to call such suspects.
The stories will have to be despatched to suitable anti-corruption companies to believe if there may be enough admissible proof to pursue prosecution, SERAP famous.
The FoI requests signed via SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, stated publishing the stories of hearings and probes would bolster public accept as true with and self belief within the oversight purposes, and dispel the belief that many of those hearings and probes are politically motivated and serve non-public pursuits.
SERAP famous that among the best solution to deter corruption is to make the price of enticing in all these acts upper than the rewards.
“This finish can simplest be completed via making public the stories and pursuing public responsibility for corrupt acts. Doing so would additionally give Nigerians higher self belief that their lawmakers can use their constitutional oversight purposes to handle corruption in Nigeria.”
SERAP suggested Lawan and Gbajabiamila you to sponsor a answer to prevent lawmakers from without delay getting concerned within the execution of tasks via ministries, departments and companies (MDAs) to verify the correct and efficient workout of oversight purposes, together with investigations of corruption allegations, similar to the ones involving the Niger Delta Building Fee (NDDC) and Nigeria Social Insurance coverage Believe Fund (NSITF).”
“We additionally urge you to urgently use the possibility of the continuing public hearings and corruption probes to persuade Nigeria’s anti-corruption schedule, together with via in an instant amending phase 52 of the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Comparable Offences Act on unbiased recommend for corruption.
“Segment 52 calls for the Leader Justice of Nigeria to authorise an unbiased recommend to research any allegation of corruption towards top degree public officers, and to file his/her findings to the Nationwide Meeting or suitable space of meeting.
“The proposed modification will have to come with further necessities past simply reporting to lawmakers, that will permit the unbiased recommend to make use of the findings of any investigation as a foundation to pursue efficient prosecution of corruption instances with none authorisation via the manager or the Nationwide Meeting.”
SERAP recalled that each the Senate and Space of Representatives have through the years carried out a number of public hearings and corruption probes to show pervasive downside of corruption in MDAs.
“We’d be thankful if the asked data is supplied to us inside 7 days of the receipt and/or e-newsletter of the FoI requests.
“If we now have no longer heard from you via then, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all suitable criminal movements below the Freedom of Knowledge Act and the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights to compel you to agree to our requests.”