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FG declares corruption war on Senators, Reps

22 August 2016, 09:31

Abuja - The Federal Government has started compiling a list of legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly over constituency projects deliberated to them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets that were not executed, Punch reports.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, confirmed that a compilation was being done by the police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices, with the results of the investigations to be made public.

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Malami said that he had received complaints over how payments were made for constituency projects that were never executed.

"If money is appropriated in the budget, paid and the projects the funds were meant for were not executed, it is only natural to take steps to find out what happened. If neither the money nor the project can be produced, then you must take steps in accordance with the law," Malami said.

News24 Nigeria reported that the Nigerian Bar Association has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that the Federal Government's war on corruption should be in line with the law.

NBA President, Augustine Alegeh said Sunday night that FG could not fight corruption by using backhanded tactics as would mean using graft to fight graft.

The National Publicity Secretary of Afinifere, Yinka Odumakin advised the government to limit the access to public funds by government officials which would discourage the practice of corruption.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News 24


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