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Intensify probe of looters, APC tells EFCC, ICPC

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on anti-corruption agencies in the country to intensify their efforts at probing cases of corruption.

The party also said the efforts should be geared towards recovering stolen funds so that they would not be spent on financing elections.

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APC said that the fight against corruption was one of its campaign promises and should be well carried out.

The call is contained in the statement signed by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Yekini Nabena.

The statement reads in part: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) calls on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and other allied anti-graft bodies to intensify efforts at investigating and recovering public funds and assets that have been stolen by public officials.

“Fighting corruption is one of the key election promises the Party made to Nigerians and we remain solidly committed and determined to achieve it.

“Our call to anti-graft agencies is imperative as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. We must check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in this country. Again, it is important that the Nigerian electorate have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and corruption test. We must ensure that we never again entrust the leadership of this great country to gang of thieves whose sole aim is treasury looting as brazenly displayed in past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations.

“An example is a current Senate presiding officer facing EFCC investigations. It is difficult to fathom how a federal lawmaker, who before his current position was an Associate Lecturer and Local Government Chairman, owns 22 high-end properties in Nigeria and other exclusive locations across the world. It is our hope that the anti-graft agencies investigating this Senate Presiding officer makes public his and other corruption probe status reports so that Nigerians can know them for who they are.”

APC said its fight against corruption had been hugely successful and the gains clear.

The party said the bold effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to instil probity in the national life had led to the gradual disappearance of the era of impunity.

It said it was in line with the president’s tough anti-corruption stance that it recently signed into law the Nigerian arm of the global financial intelligence unit – Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

“We are confident that the new law will boost ongoing efforts to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and check suspicious transactions, especially as we prepare for the 2019 elections,” the party said.

 

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