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Corruption: We’ve submitted petitions against heads, top officials of agencies – NACAT

The Network Against Corruption and Trafficking Initiative, NACAT, said it has submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions various outstanding corruption petitions against some heads and top officials of agencies in the country.

It said the petitions include those against top officials at the National Defence College, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority and a former Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA..

The petitions against the individuals, who are heads and top officials at the agencies were submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions while the group also drew the attention of President Bola Tinubu and the Nigerian public to the delay in processes.

NACAT noted that many Nigerians have been surprised by President Tinubu’s decision to allow the anti-graft agencies, as well as the National Assembly House Committees on Public Petitions and Anti-Corruption respectively, to revive the fight against corruption and nepotism in the country, calling on the Nigerian leader to go beyond that.

The group, however, drew the attention of Nigerians to its recent efforts to curb corruption, claiming to have intercepted several financial infractions committed by persons in public office.

According to NACAT, these infractions include; money laundering, massive corruption, gross abuse of public office, owning and running private companies while in office and false assets declarations contrary to provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It said that various petitions containing the investigations are already before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions.

The group recalled that Walter Samuel Onnoghen was removed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria in April 2019 following a petition to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by an NGO for not disclosing his assets in line with the provisions of the law.

“It is on this note that we as a Civil Society Organisation written to the NASS Committee.
In the same vein…All petitions have submitted to the committee,” it said.

“We have also been briefed that the parties indicted have been invited. We urge the committee to remain steadfast in its duties to address the issues as stated.

“While we trust in the mettle and capacity of the NASS Committee, we also wish to draw the attention of the Presidency to these infractions as well as the Nigerian public.”

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