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Govt policy on prosecution of the corrupt (2)

By John Amoda
IN addition, also, are such allegation as the illegal purchase of 20 refurbished graders at the cost of N950 million for local government councils and subsequent deduction of the same from their allocation from the Federation Account; illegal purchase of 20 Toyota Prado SUVs to the tune of N200 million for local government councils and the illegal deduction of the same from their allocations.

EFCC is also looking into what it described as illegal and fraudulent procurement of loan from financial institutions to the tune of N22 billion without legislative approval; illegal and fraudulent concessioning for 25 years of Gateway Hotels, Ota, for N120 million and in violation of the provision of the state’s commercialisation and privatisation law and the diversion of the proceed from the same without remitting it to the state’s consolidated account.

EFCC also listed the illegal concessioning of Gateway Hotels, Ijebu-Ode for 25 years at the cost of N100 million, while the proceeds were diverted as well as the illegal concessioning of Gateway Hotels, ..­Abeokuta for 25 years at the cost of N300 million. The money has equally been diverted.

EFCC further alleged another N72 billion fund diversion being 10 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, going to the 20 local government councils in the state within the years on review. However, Kawonise said: “These are tricks from the opposition.

They are from our people in Abuja. There is nothing in it. So, whatever you have is not true. It is a smear campaign (the late) Dipo Dina started it in 2004/2005; yet, there was nothing in it. I don’t need to see any details; I know there is nothing to it”.

Highlight of allegations:

N1billion unremitted pension deducted from worker’s salaries.

·N1 billion illegally spent as counterpart funding for workers project

·N5.2 billion illegally expended on debt servicing.

·N300 million fraudulent paid electricity charges

·N500 million agric loan diversion

·Diversion of N5 billion purportedly spent on salary/allowance for workers in government’s office

·Diversion of N15 billion released from transfer/disposal of government-owned enterprises.

·N90 million spent on illegal purchase of refurbished graders

·N200 million illegal purchase of Toyota without legislative approval

·Diversion of N 120 million proceed from illegal concessioning of gateway Hotel Ota for 25 years

·Diversion of N100 million realised from illegal concessioning of Gateway Hotel, Ijebu-ode for 25 years

·Diversion of N300 million proceeds from concessioning of Gateway Hotel, Abeokuta for 25 years

·N7.2 billion diverted IGR due to local governments”.

The ThisDay story describes a policy of impunitive administration of executive authority. The policy of impunitive execution of office is system wide, with occurrence at the three levels of government and the three branches of government.

There is need for a case study of incidences of corrupt use of power from 1999 to date- to advance a methodological platform for review of the present laws establishing the agencies and the assumptions that inform the definition of corruption as a crime.

The ThisDay story suggests that there is need for a re-categorisation of the phenomenon of corruption. The criminalisation of corruption defines corruption as a deviant behaviour of a minority.

The intractableness of the problem and the routines of its occurrence suggest that corruption may, after all, be the norm and not the exception, the majority view, not a deviant view of the use of power and authority.

The facts suggest such a view. The case studies can confirm the plausibility of the hypothesis or its incompleteness. The importance of the problem argues for a review of paradigms.


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