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Conclude constitution review or face lawsuit, HEDA tells National Assembly

By Silver Nwokoro
13 December 2022   |   4:09 am
Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has called on the National Assembly to complete its review of the Constitution or face legal action.
Nigeria Senate

National Assembly. Photo/facebook/TopeBrown/NigerianSenate

Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has called on the National Assembly to complete its review of the Constitution or face legal action.

The organisation also decried corrupt practices in the country, urging professional and regulatory bodies to sanction culpable members. This was disclosed at the sixth edition of a Compendium of 100 High-profile Corruption Cases in Nigeria, held in Lagos at the weekend and organised by HEDA.

At the event, HEDA Executive Secretary, Sulaimon Arigbabu, noted: “Corruption is Nigeria’s issue and the root of the country’s problem. We are in dire need of the Constitutional review. A lot of the things happening are because there are lacunas in the Constitution.

“All agencies are hindered by one thing or the other in that Constitution. There are not enough provisions in the Constitution to, at least, help to reduce corruption. It’s so unfortunate that those who have been saddled with the power to help make this happen are using such power to aid corruption rather than abate it.”

He said the compendium serves as a reminder of the corrupt cases Nigeria has, adding: “Unfortunately, some of the people whose corrupt cases where reported in the past have found their way into high offices in the country. Some have become governors, some have been appointed in high places, and these often happen because Nigerians tend to forget.

“We are doing this to help Nigerians keep track of why some of these cases stay forever in court, and the bottlenecks used by lawyers or persons who have been accused of corruption in frustrating the judicial process.”

Chairman of the occasion, Justice Taiwo Taiwo (rtd), in his speech, lamented the adverse effect of corruption, describing it as enormous.
On his part, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sylvester Abiodun Alabi (represented by CSP Kehinde Oni), noted: “Corruption is in every sector of the society, and if you want to fight it, all of us must be prepared. Let the change begin with me. That is how we will fight corruption.”