Abuja - The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the federal government to imprison public officers indicted in the Panama Papers leaks if they are found guilty.
President Nasir Isa, who addressed reporters on the state of the nation in Abuja, called on the government to ensure that taxes invaded by past and serving public officials are also recovered.
He said: “If you catch somebody invading tax, you know what to do. In other countries, what is done is that you pay taxes that you failed to pay and then there is further financial punishment and apart from that, you also go to jail.
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“No matter how powerful you are, there is no exception. So, if anybody is part of this thing, I think the right thing should be done.”
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project had clamoured for the probe of Nigeria’s past and serving public officials indicted in the PanamaPapers scam.
The group said it would sue the CCB if a probe of those indicted in the PanamaPapers did not start in 14 days, decrying the extent to which Nigerian public officials had gone in breaching the code of conduct by going to conceal stolen wealth in offshore jurisdictions.
- News 24