The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has advised the House of Representatives to to insist on the prosecution of indicted persons and to consider alternate means of bringing those indicted in the over N1tn Subsidy Scam to book, like working with the civil society and other willing groups to bring them to justice.
CNPP said in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu that the House of Representatives must not allow the outcome of the probe to go the way of previous probes as this would further encourage those bent on stealing public funds.
“The recommendation to prosecute PPPRA Board chairman, Ahmadu Ali; NNPC Board Chairman, Diezani Allison-Madueke and other persons responsible for the fraud is a welcome development. But these people will never see the inside of a court room not to talk of inside a jail if the matter is left to the present government and the anti-corruption agencies that answer to it. The House must thus work with other groups like the civil society to ensure that those indicted are tried and punished if found guilty.” The statement said.
It however said there are pitfalls in the recommendation asking NNPC and PPPRA to refund over one trillion naira. CNPP said “The officials at these two agencies will merely steal more money from government coffers in the name of re-funding money based on the order of the house. The stolen money was not kept in the accounts of NNPC and PPPRA, it was the officials of these bodies that took the money so it is these same officials, their proxies and companies that should be refunding money.”
The conference said the House of Representatives should seek ways of mounting pressure on the executive arm to ensure that the report of the probe is fully implemented. According to CNPP, “The entire exercise would amount to another made for television glory seeking jamboree if the implementation of that report is left to the executive. This can adversely affect the perception of the House of Representatives as an institution that took Nigerians for a ride.”
It commended those who acted as whistle blowers and provided information that made the report meet the expectations of Nigerians.