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  • Updated: June 27, 2022

ICPC Raid: CISLAC Calls For Investigation Into Discovered Billions

ICPC Raid: CISLAC Calls For Investigation Into Discovered Bi

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, (CISLAC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the alleged corruption uncovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) regarding billions of naira and other items found.

Executive Director, CISLAC and Head of Transparency International (TI) Chapter in Nigeria Auwal Rafsanjani, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

Rafsanjani said that billions of naira cash alongside other luxurious items were reportedly uncovered during a recent raid at the home of a military contractor, K. Salam Construction Company, by ICPC in Abuja.

Thus, there is a need for the President to urge ICPC to fully dig deep and expose the true source and ownership of the recovered assets/items to ensure the perpetrators and their accomplices are judiciously prosecuted and adequately sanctioned, he said.

He expressed concern over what he described as unattended corruption issues in procurement processes in Nigeria.

“While the nation’s Defence spending has hitherto been buried in absolute secrecy and institutionalised corruption that impede efficient services and nation’s security,

”The fact-finding as detected by the anti-graft institution has indeed validated the persistent public outcry by CISLAC/TI Nigeria for transparency and accountability in Defence procurement and spending.

Rafsanjani said that the diversion of defence and security funds to private pockets through the procurement process constituted a serious threat to Nigeria’s Defence and Security sector and services.

He added that it had left the security operatives ill-equipped, poorly remunerated and demoralised in spite of the persistently increased Defense budgetary allocation and spending from 2011 to date.

 

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A'isha Ahmad
A'isha Ahmad

Kano based Nigerian  Broadcast journalist, writer, reseacher. You can reach out via [email protected]

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