Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc-Committee on US/Nigeria Relations, Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma has condemned the “satanic” bill seeking to grant amnesty to treasury looters.
The bill sponsored by Honourable Linus Okorie reportedly scaled through the first reading within two weeks of its introduction on 14th June and it is scheduled for the second reading this month.
If passed into law, 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 ill-gotten wealth in Nigeria.
Recall that Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) last week condemned the bill, calling it “satanic”.
Similarly, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Dogara Yakubu, Speaker, House of Representatives, urging him to withdraw the bill.
Reacting, Agbonayinma said: “We the 360 members 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.
“Many Nigerians have been jailed for stealing just N1000 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”, he told newsmen.