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Senator seeks international pact against graft

ABAKALIKI — Senate Deputy Committee Chairman on Federal Capital Territory, Senator Anthony Agbo, has called for the establishment of a  comprehensive international agreement between Nigeria and other countries to make it possible for the country’s anti-graft agencies to collaborate with their foreign counterparts in monitoring  visiting public officers from Nigeria and their cronies.

Senator Agbo also suggested the establishment of offices of the anti-graft agencies like the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria ’s embassies abroad, which would rely more on covert operations to monitor the business transactions of visiting Nigerians to foreign countries.

The Senator, who spoke in Abakaliki, was alarmed at the rate Nigeria’s public officers scramble for property abroad, especially in Dubai, in order to become automatic citizens of the United Arab Emirates. He regretted that the quest to acquire property abroad and stash away money in foreign banks have remained the greatest factors fuelling corruption in Nigeria.

Agbo blamed the increasing rate of corruption in the country on the lack of political will to effectively pursue the fight, saying that it was wrong to concentrate effort in prosecuting small people, while the big ones usually go unpunished.

“Nigeria lacks the political will to fight corruption. In other countries of the world, corrupt government officials and other individuals are repulsed, they are discriminated but in Nigeria, we celebrate corruption.”


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