Recovered Loots: Sagay Proposes 5% Cut To Agencies Involved

Recovered Loots: Sagay Proposes 5% Cut To Agencies InvolvedThe Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itsa Sagay, has proposed five per cent cut from any money recovered by any government agencies from looters.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television, Professor Sagay noted that such share would be a motivating factor for the agencies.

He said it would also help in funding their operations, provided it was strictly monitored to ensure it does not go to individual pockets.

“The situation where government is having very major fund scarcity could be an easier way of funding operations, provided it is strictly control. I personally favour some percentage, may be five per cent of any fund recovered by an agency being ploughed back in that agency.

“But we have to be very careful that it’s not misused, that it’s actually ploughed back into the operations of that agency rather than going to individual pockets. So in principle, I support it and we have to work towards that,” he stated.

Professor Sagay, who said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has won a number of court cases in the last one year, expressed concern over some cases involving politically exposed persons.

He, however, hinted that the cases lost by the EFCC and other agencies have been appealed, while they have been working hard to ensure previous setbacks do not occur.

“In the last one year, the EFCC has won about 200 cases. So it is mainly these politically exposed persons’ cases that there have been some problems. Our response is that situations like these should be envisaged.

“All the lost cases have been appealed against, there is a rigorous review going on; both the presentation of the EFCC and the other agencies, and the actual judgement themselves to see where the problem lies, so that they are not repeated and where there was no problem, to ensure that the appeal succeeds.

“So we have to look at it generally from the point of long distance risk; there will be setbacks now and then, but the important thing is to learn from your setbacks and work hard to ensure that they are not repeated,” he explained.

Sagay Insists Senate Has No Power To Summon Him

Sagay Insists Senate Has No Power To Summon Him In a swift reaction to the Senate’s directive, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, has declared that the Senate has neither the power nor authority to summon him to appear before it.

Professor Sagay told Channels Television that he cannot be intimidated by the lawmakers.

He therefore asked them to get legal advisers to check sections 88 and 89 of the constitution to get advice on the limitation of their powers in this regard.

Mr Sagay further explained that in making the statement which seemed to have offended some senators, he was merely exercising his constitutional right to express his opinion.

He challenged anyone offended by his statement to approach a court of law, insisting that the Senate cannot constitute itself into prosecutor and judge, vowing not to succumb to illegal and unconstitutional acts.

The Senate had directed its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate remarks allegedly made by the professor, saying that the Senate is filled with people of questionable character.

Osinbajo Calls For Adoption Of Anti-Corruption Models

Osinbajo Calls For Adoption Of Anti-Corruption Models The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is calling on Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies to learn from the international community on the model some “less corrupt” countries have used to curb the menace in their country.

Osinbajo, who described corruption as systemic and life threatening, also appealed to the international community to assist Nigeria in the identification, recovery and repatriation of stolen assets.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, decried the perception and reaction of the public to corruption, saying that corruption is omnipresent in Nigeria.

Also recently, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

According to him, the recent happenings on alleged corruption especially against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

While he advocated that rights of all citizens must be upheld regardless of age or gender, Ahmed also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

Anti-corruption Fight: FG Seeks More Support From Nigerians

yemi osinbajo on anti-corruption fight in NigeriaThe Federal Government is seeking more support from Nigerians for the anti-corruption fight aimed at recovering stolen funds from persons that looted the nation’s treasury. 

The government further assured law abiding Nigerians that they have nothing to fear, as the government’s fight against corruption is aimed at retrieving the commonwealth of Nigerians from persons who have illegally appropriated such wealth to themselves and their families.

Addressing participants at a national conference on Tuesday on the role of the legislature in the fight against corruption, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said “Nigeria stands the risk of perpetually remaining under-developed if nothing is done to stem the tide of corruption”.

Respect The Rule Of Law

He appealed to Nigerians to team up with the Federal Government in its effort to rid the nation of corrupt persons.

The issue of corruption again took centre stage, at the Presidential Advisory Council Against Corruption and the National Assembly conference.

Participants had gathered to brainstorm on how to tackle corruption.

While the Vice President, who declared the conference open, lamented the state of corruption in Nigeria, a former Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, Patrick Lumumba, in a keynote address recommended severe sanctions to deter corrupt persons.

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, berated the legislature for its failure to fight corruption just as the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, advised the Federal Government to respect the rule of law.

The two-day conference will among other subjects examine the role of the legislature as the champion of anti-corruption reforms, reform of the anti-corruption legal framework and compliance with international standards.