N900bn constituency allowance allegedly misappropriated by NASS members recovered

N900bn constituency allowance allegedly misappropriated by NASS members recovered

- The ICPC reportedly recovered N900 billion from National Assembly members

- The anti-corruption committee reportedly recovered the fund which was meant for constituency projects

- Professor Sadiq Radda said the fight against corruption will also be taken to the state level

Professor Sadiq Radda who is the executive secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has revealed that N900 billion misappropriated by National Assembly members has been recovered.

The Sun reports that Radda made this revelation on the sideline of the 14th Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

He said the money which was meant for constituency projects and allocated to lawmakers from both chambers were looted.

The anti-corruption crusader, however, said the money has been recovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

He said: “ICPC has recovered about N900 billion constituency projects fund from some National Assembly members.”

Radda also said a committee will also be established on the issue of security votes, and governors who mismanage such funds will face the law.

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He said: “People will be accountable. No governor will go free under the guise of security votes. People must be accountable.”

“Fight against corruption should not be tagged political because those found and arrested over corruption issues were not on the basis of their parties or religion. It is because of their action while holding public office.

He said the fight against corruption which has largely been fought at the federal level will now also focus on states. "We are developing key interest at the state level," Radda said.

He encouraged Nigerians to report cases of corruption to the ICPC and its counterpart, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Meanwhile, a group of civil rights activists took on the National Assembly accusing the legislative arm of government of being the major root of Nigeria's poverty.

The activists, who protested in Lagos, lamented the alleged jumbo pay to each senator and member of the House of Representative of the country.

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Speaking on behalf of the groups, Comrade Declan Ihekaire said Nigerians have become frustrated because of the activities of the lawmakers, who he accused of being insensitive to the plight of the masses.

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