Nigeria: SERAP to Lawan, Gbajabiamila Publish reports on corruption probes

Nigeria: SERAP to Lawan, Gbajabiamila Publish reports on corruption probes

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has challenged Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to urgently publish all reports of completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999.

SERAP also urged Lawan and Gbajabiamila to disclose the number and details of public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly which have resulted in indictment of suspects, and to also name such suspects.

“The reports should be sent to appropriate anti-corruption agencies to consider if there is sufficient admissible evidence to pursue prosecution,” it said.

In the FoI requests dated 25 July 2020 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the group said publishing the reports of hearings and probes would bolster public trust and confidence in the oversight functions of the National Assembly committees.

It said it would also dispel the perception that many of the hearings and probes were politically motivated and served personal interest, rather than the general public interests.

SERAP said, “The most effective way to deter corruption is to make the cost of engaging in these types of acts higher than the rewards. This end can only be accomplished by making public the reports and pursuing public accountability for corrupt acts. “Doing so would also give Nigerians greater confidence that their lawmakers can use their constitutional oversight functions to address corruption in Nigeria.”(TGnews)

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