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Senator canvasses death penalty for corrupt public officials

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—SENATOR Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West Senatorial Constituency at the National Assembly, has called for a law prescribing death penalty for public officials found guilty of corrupt practices, saying such stiffer punishment would encourage the ongoing fight against corruption.

Adeyemi noted that corruption has remained very high, especially among public officers, due to  lapses in public offices, stressing that until convicted public officers were made to face capital punishment, the war against corruption would not be won.

Speaking with reporters at the ongoing 2009 Senators’ retreat in Enugu, Adeyemi said that the country would continue to suffer economically so long as corrupt officials were allowed to continue looting public treasury with impunity to the detriment of the poor masses.

He spoke as a former member of the National Assembly, Jonathan Zwingina, called for change of attitude by Nigerians, especially electoral officers, to entrench a viable and enduring democracy in the country.  He said as much as the citizenry refused to imbibe a positive mind set, credible elections would continue to elude the country, stressing that the country was in dire need of effective legislations that could strengthen the system.


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