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Return stolen funds or face prosecution, govt warns looters




Further to on-going anti-corruption fight, the Federal Government has warned looters of public funds in the last administration, to immediately return them or face prosecution.

The warning was handed down at the weekend in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, by newly appointed Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution matters, Obon Obla, during the first quarterly retreat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obla, who boasted that he was as strong as the elephant in carrying out the onerous task reiterated “everybody that has stolen government monies must return them immediately or face prosecution.”

On the recent arrest of state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, John Okon by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he berated calls that the anti-corruption fight be given a human face.”

He argued, “If you deprive me of road, water, schools, infrastructure, are you human? These people are despicable and anybody that has stolen money should return it or go to prison, if found guilty.”

Speaking on the theme of the retreat, APC, Cross River State: The Way Forward, Reconciliation and Strategies of Winning Elections,” the special adviser tasked members of to have unity of purpose.

He called for the practice of true democracy by giving equal opportunity to everyone in the state, if the APC must take over power from the PDP in the next general elections.

Obla denounced a situation “where a particular person would want to control the entire structure of the party,’ adding ‘whether as a minister or as special adviser, we must be treated as the same,”

South-south Vice Chairman of the APC, Hilliard Etta, added that the president’s accent to the 2016 budget has opened a new beginning in the administration, assuring that the party was now poised to “expanding the nation’s economy.”

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