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CORRUPTION: CISLAC URGES ICPC TO DIG DEEP INTO EMBATTLED MILITARY CONTRACTOR

CORRUPTION: CISLAC URGES ICPC TO DIG DEEP INTO EMBATTLED MILITARY CONTRACTOR

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, on Sunday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the issue of corruption uncovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, regarding billions of naira and other items found.

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

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

He said that there was 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 expressed concerned over what it 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.

“We without doubt observed that the ongoing exposure is not unconnected to other entrenched symptoms of unquantified level of systemic corruption dominating defence procurement.

“This is also seen in spending like unaccounted funds as approved for the procurement of weapons and frequent denial by successive Security Chiefs of the existence of weapons,”

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