ICPC retrieves N900bn constituency funds from Federal lawmakers

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has uncovered and retrieved over N900 billion diverted constituency project funds, the commission has said.

The funds were allegedly siphoned by Federal lawmakers in 12 states.

The ICPC Commissioner in Kano, Mr Zayyanu Danmusa, stated this yesterday in Kano while unveiling members of an anti-corruption group drawn from the 44 local government areas of the state.

The event was organised in collaboration with Community for Peace and Corrupt Free Society, Nigeria (CPCFS).

Danmusa accused most of the lawmakers of conniving with contractors and supervisory Federal agencies to siphon funds budgeted for constituency projects to enhance the development of their communities.

The ICPC chief said the fight against corruption should not be left alone to the agency and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said it should be seen as a collective responsible of all Nigerians to expose as well as provide useful information on the activities corrupt persons.

Danmusa said the commission was collaborating with civil society organisations (CSOs) to sensitise, monitor and prevent the public on corruption matters.

Also, an ICPC board member, Dauda Yahaya Umar, who also chaired the commission’s constituency projects tracking committee, urged Nigerians to disown, shun and stop celebrating corrupt politicians and other public office holders to tame corruption across the country.

ICPC Board Member Dauda Yahaya Umar

The board member regretted that the activities of corrupt leaders had continued to cause the retrogression of national development.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari alone cannot champion the fight against corruption.

Umar advised Nigerians to shun corruption so that the nation could develop.

“Our message is simple: Nigerians should shun corruption; Nigerians should disown corrupt people and stop celebrating them. By the time we boo corrupt leaders, instead of hailing them; by the time we make them to be on their own, they will have a rethink and begin to realise that the havoc they are causing to our great country has severe consequences.”

Source: The Nation Online

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