Senate in process of tightening loopholes, lacuna in anti-corruption laws – Gemade

Senate in process of tightening  loopholes, lacuna in anti-corruption laws  – Gemade

By Chris Ochayi ABUJA – The Senate, yesterday, said it has commenced the process of tightening any loopholes or lacuna that exist in the existing anti-corruption laws in order to help the law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies to do thorough jobs in ongoing anti-graft war by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing, Senator Barnabas Gemade, , who made the revelation while addressing the coalition of Civil Society Organisations, NGOs, operating under the aegis of National Support Groups for Good Governance, NASUGG, that thronged the gate of National Assembly to register their support for the anti-graft campaign, especially the recent arrest of some alleged corrupt judges by the Department of State Services. Gemade, who was accompanied by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, pledged the total support of the National Assembly towards strengthening the ICPC and EFCC laws as part of its responsibility to help Mr. President to stamp out corruption from our national life. Gemade According to him, “We have been sent here, two of us from the hallowed chamber to come and receive those groups that have come to facilitate with the senate, to come and add their voices to the issue at hand with the corruption in the judiciary. “And we heard that demonstration was going on at the gate of the Senate of the National Assembly. We have been sent here to deal with that matter. I don’t know how the selection fell on me and my good friend, Senator Ovie-Omo-Agege. “But I will like to state here very categorically that we are with you in every form of your agitation in all ramifications, because as an institution the National Assembly is fighting corruption with all its ability. “You know that the law so far that have been used to apprehend corrupt Nigerians so far, the ICPC law, the EFCC law and all laws that have been made by the National Assembly in its current dispensation in this republic. “Before then, it was only the criminal and penal code that have been used to attack corruption. And the basic tenet of grand norm which is the constitution were been used. But this law have to come on board because the job became enormous and the situation is critical. When situation becomes critical, you have to develop new ways of tackling things. “And that is why the National Assembly continues to do what it is doing. We are fully in support of Mr. President’s drive for anti-corruption program. And whoever is supporting that program, we are behind them. “We are already in process of tightening any loopholes, any lacuna that exist in the existing anti-corruption laws and any action taken by any law enforcement agency will receive our support to the extent that they are working within the limit of the law. “We know that the law at the moment is very broad and it covers almost every aspect of human life as far as good governance is concerned. We are not against any organisation whatever that is performing its duties and we encourage them as the national assembly to do their job in the best way they can do it. “By the grace of God, at the end of the day, all Nigerians, those who are suffering from the result of corruption and those who are going to suffer because of their involvement in corruption, we will all be happy that the nation has been cleaned up and we are now set to move forward as a developed nation.” In his remark earlier, the spokesperson of National Support Groups for Good Governance, NASUGG, Comrade Abdulwaheed Ekakhide, reiterated the zeal of the Groups to take the anti-corruption campaign to all corners and cranny across the nation. According to him, “Let’s take the fight against corruption to all Nigerians because it is a fight for all Nigerians and not for the legislature, the executive or the judiciary alone. “It is a fight for all of us even the president should not be above the law. The senate president, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice etc are under the law. Nobody should be allowed to be above the law. Everybody is under the constitution. Nobody should be allowed to be above the law. “We are saying this because corruption is the root of so many challenges we are having in this country. It is the reason th…

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