NGO advocates death penalty for looters of public funds

Ndigbo Forum (NUF) worldwide, a non-governmental organization, has advocated death penalty for looters of funds, to eradicate current spate of corruption in country.

The call was made in a statement jointly signed by NUF’s President, Mr Augustine Chukwudum  and Secretary, Mr Tony Igbokwe, respectively , in Enugu.

The statement also called National Assembly to remove the immunity clause from the constitution, so that sitting governors and other top ranking officials could be probed while still in office.

“If found guilty, he will be prosecuted, this will go a long way in stopping the ongoing daily looting, especially at the state level,’’ NUF said.

It urged President Buhari to put in more stringent measures and seriousness in the ongoing anti-graft war, some office , by their words and actions, think the anti-graft war is a ruse.

“We also demand that institutions like EFCC, ICPC and the judiciary be strengthened so that no one can be above the law as it is today.

“Everybody must be treated equally as it is in the U.S, Britain, Canada and other of the world.

“By so doing, justice must prevail, not in a case where Ex-Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, who stole billions of naira, was recently sent to jail for a term of six years imprisonment.

“While someone who stole vegetable that was less N1,000 value was abandoned for more five years as an Awaiting Trial Mate (ATM)’’, the added.

The statement noted that it was a big irony for looters of public funds to be moving with heavy police escorts, while enjoying their inside the country.

“The common people, whose wealth was stolen, are dying daily of hunger, lack of potable water, bad roads, no functional hospital and no standard primary and secondary schools,’’ the said.

It recalled that in February , NUF issued a statement calling EFCC to probe both present and ex-governors of the South-East, over their alleged mismanagement and looting of over N20 trillion between May 1999 to January .

“Up till date, no single ex-governor has been convicted and most of them have come to believe that President Buhari’s anti-corruption war is a ruse,’’ NUF said. (NAN)