The group accused the lawmakers of collecting illegal allowances.
HRAN calls for investigation and prosecution of profligate members of Nasarawa State House of Assembly
The Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN) urges the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute members of Nasarawa State House of Assembly for squandering the common wealth of the state under the guise of several allowances accumulated to them; further to the factual information already provided to the Commission by an anti-corruption agency-Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC). HRAN is in total solidarity with CSNAC on this.
Further to the FOI request letter sent by CSNAC to Nassarawa State government and its subsequent investigations on the matter, it has been revealed that since the inception of this Legislative Assembly and in the last 2 years and 6 months, each member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has received N78, 997,082 (seventy-eight million, nine hundred and ninety-seven thousand, eighty-two Naira) in excess of the approved constituency allowances and each lawmaker has also received N46, 127,509 (forty-six million, one hundred and twenty-seven thousand, five hundred and nine Naira) in excess of approved salary and allowances.
HRAN believes that this is the depth of impunity which cannot and should not be tolerated; recalls that there has been series of accusations of corruption against this administration, and hopes that the instant case will be given the immediate and stern attention that it deserves.
HRAN commends the EFCC for their laudable effort in fighting corruption in this administration, and notes that the instant case is one that surpasses all, and one which every CSO in Nigeria and International Organizations are watching to see that justice is done; HRAN hopes that EFCC will live up to expectation in this regard.
Chair, steering committee of HRAN
For: HRAN – Human Rights Agenda Network
Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN) comprises over 200 human rights NGOs and activists across Nigeria.