Looters Of Our Common Wealth Must Be Prosecuted – Falana

Femi-FalanaA Lagos State lawyer and civil right activist, Femi Falana, has thrown his weight behind the ongoing probe into the two billion dollars arms deal that has thrown up a lot of names.

Mr Falana, however, believes that the dragnet should be extended to the $180 million Halliburton scandal which first came to light under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He said that the same political will that was being applied to the arms deal was needed to see the Halliburton case to a logical conclusion.

He said that the political will was missing since 2007.

Mr Falana was speaking on Monday on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“The war against corruption that is ongoing deserves the encouragement of Nigerians, particularly the victims of corruption our country – soldiers who were denied access to arms needed to address Boko Haram menace, those who could not access hospitals, young people who could not get jobs and other victims of corruption.

“We have to own the war, if we want to see restitution for all those who have stolen our common wealth and reduced our people to poverty-stricken nut.

“When there was not EFCC or ICPC, official corruption was fought in Nigeria by the media,” he said.

He said that the situation is totally different now, as the media were being accused of contributing immensely to the culture of corruption and impunity in our country.

“No government can defeat the menace of corruption unless Nigerians are prepared to say: “This is our battle”.

The lawyer also stressed the need for Nigerians to restore their ethical value and national morality.

“If a man has been accused of rigging an election, you don’t celebrate him,” he stressed, insisting that the press has to be critical.

Ogun Assembly Differ Over 2Billion Naira CBN Development Fund

OgunMembers of the Ogun State House of Assembly have disagreed over the proposed 2billion Naira Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme Fund.

Lawmakers numbering 13 out of the 26 members of the House are opposing the acquisition of the development fund.

The 13 members, believed to be against the fund, hinged their opposition on the premise that due process was not followed by House members while deliberation on the issue was raised.

In a swift reaction, the other group, said to be receiving the blessings of the State Government, however, said that it has not violated any existing financial instrument law of the state and that the fund must be accessed for the benefit of the people of the state

Briefing newsmen after the plenary session where the issue of the CBN Development Fund was said to have been raised, the Chairman of the House Committee on Land and Housing, Mr Remmy Hazzan, speaking on behalf of the 13 members opposing the fund, alleged that the 2/3 majority requisition by the Assembly law was not followed.

He affirmed his group’s refusal to support the accession of the 2billion Naira, owing to their demand that the proper process be followed.

However, in another press briefing, the group of assembly men in support of the idea, denied any wrongdoing in the decision taken over the proposed development fund.

According to the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Bankole Olusola, and the Committee Chairman On Information, Olayinka Ojodu, the group maintained that the resolution remained passed and would be forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria for further action.