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Group wants corrupt officials denied US visas

17 May 2013, 11:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Network (CAN) has appealed to the United States to withdraw visas to government officials with corruption records as well as their immediate family members.

CAJ News obtained a letter signed by the group executive secretary, Otunba Dino Melaye, which CAN has presented to the United States embassy in Abuja.

"We want to seriously appeal to the government of United States and President Barack Obama to use his good office and diplomatic influence to impress it upon the Nigerian government and President Goodluck Jonathan to stand firm against corruption.

“We are recommending that all indicted corrupt government officers’ visas and that of their immediate families be withdrawn," Melaye said.

The group also condemned the pardon granted to the former governor of Bayesal State, DSP Alamesiagha, who they alleged had an outstanding international warrant of arrest for money laundering.

CAN is concerned that if the gravity of corrupt practices is not checked and abated, it will worsen the security situation in the country.

The call follows a report by the US Secretary of State John Kerry alleging massive corruption at all levels of the Nigerian government.

The initial report, which was made available in April, claims "Corruption and a lack of transparency pervades the Nigerian government” as well as the "massive, wide spread, and pervasive corruption affects all levels of government and the security forces."

In the report in possession of CAJ News, other corruption cases cited in the reports were the arrest of former minister of Works and Housing, Hassan Lawal, for 24 counts of fraudulently awarding contracts, money laundering, and embezzlement of 75 billion naira ($480 million); arrest of Dimeji Bankole, former speaker of the House of Representatives, and Deputy Speaker Usman Nafada for the alleged misappropriation of one billion naira ($6.4 million) and 40 billion naira
($256 million).

Among others arrested for corruption comprise former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma, and former Gombe State Governor, Muhammed Danjuma Goje.

- CAJ News



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