Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on US/Nigeria Relations, Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma has said that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara was not brain being the Economic Amnesty Bill currently before the House.
Agbonayinma also assured that the proposed Bill which seeks amnesty for treasury looters in Nigeria will be rejected by the House whenever is its presented for second reading.
“We the 360members in the House will mobilise against the bill and ensure that it is buried immediately it is introduced on the floor of the House.
“I can assure you of that because such a satanic bill can never be allowed to sail through as its output will be retroactive and will further encourage corruption that has eaten so deep into the fabric of our society.
“As for those peddling rumours that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara is the one behind it, they should shut their traps because Dogara cannot support a bill that will be counterproductive in Nigeria,” he stated.
Agbonayinma explained further that ; “many Nigerians have been jailed for stealing just N1000.00 and we are proposing a bill that will further promote corruption, no way it can’t happen as we can’t make separate laws for treasury looters in this country.”
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had in an open letter to the Speaker demanded that the should allow justice and accountability to run its course in grand corruption cases.
According to SERAP, “the proposed law, promoted by Mr Linus Okorie (PDP Ebonyi), expected that suspected looters of the public treasury would enjoy full and complete amnesty; not face any probe, inquiry or prosecution; and ‘shall not be compelled to disclose the source of their looted funds’ as long as they invest their wealth in Nigeria.
“The amnesty bill for suspected looters unquestionably conflicts with Nigeria’s obligations under the UN Convention Against Corruption to establish territorial criminal jurisdiction over corrupt acts, prosecute offenders, and apply prescribed sanctions through fair trial.”