Forfeited Asset Were Returned to Corrupt Officials Before My Tenure, Buhari Alleges

  • Says agencies have been ordered to sell forfeited asset and money deposited in TSA
  • PACAC makes several recommendation hingin on fighting corruption war.

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to beam the searchlight on the cost of governance and weed out possible corruption that exists anywhere.

Buhari made the promise on Thursday at the State House when he hosted members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).

According to a statement released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari lauded members of the committee for the major sacrifice they’ve made in accepting the assignment to serve the country.

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He also noted that some of the elite don’t trust them but they will be alienated, no matter how close they are to them.

Speaking on the past incidents where assets were seized from officials who couldn’t explain how they got them, Buhari alleged that those assets to be returned to them when the government was changed.

The President, therefore, vowed that such would not recur, as he had given instructions that all forfeited assets be sold and the money should be put in the Treasury Single Account.

“Let’s see who will now take back the money from the treasury, and give back to those people, as was done in the past,” the President added.

Speaking eaalier, Chairman of PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, who led the delegation, said Nigeria was lucky more than ever to have a person of President Buhari’s credentials as leader of the government.

“We congratulate you for being a star of the anti-corruption struggle in Africa. You attach a lot of importance to the fight against corruption, and we have tried to achieve the aims you had in mind when you established PACAC,” Prof Sagay added.

Sagay further stated that the committee trains, build the capacity of anti-corruption agencies and has helped to develop a programme of non-conviction assets recovery, which is recording great successes.

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Recommendations made to the president by PACAC in order to move the anti-corruption war many steps forward includes, reestablishment of the jury system for criminal cases in the country; setting up of a judicial commission on corruption in the judiciary, to be headed by retired judges under the auspices of National Judicial Council (NJC); passage of Proceeds of Crime Act by the National Assembly; the setting up of a Presidential Truth and Restitution Task Force; and a closer look at the cost of governance to weed out all vestiges of corruption.

President Buhari also pledged that his administration would take a dispassionate look into all the requests.

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