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Adeyemi challenges public officials on probity

By John Akubo, Abuja
11 November 2021   |   2:16 am
Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West) has challenged his colleagues and other Nigerians who have held public office to give account of how they acquired their wealth.

Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West) has challenged his colleagues and other Nigerians who have held public office to give account of how they acquired their wealth.

He spoke, yesterday, while seconding a motion a bill for an Act to Repeal the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and Enact the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act to provide comprehensive legal and institutional framework for prevention of money laundering in Nigeria.

The bill, which is also seeking to establish the Special Control Unit under the money and Financial Crimes Commission and other Related Matters, 2021 (SB. 789), has scaled second reading. It was sponsored by Suleiman Umar (APC, Kwara North).

During the debate, Adeyemi, who threw his weight behind the bill, said the legislation, when enacted, would allow government probe those who have held public offices with unexplained sources of monies and properties within and outside the country.

He said: “All those who have properties abroad, and are seated here, should account for how they acquired their properties. My position is very clear; let everybody give account and their children on how they acquired their properties.”

He added that it was important, with the determination of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, to fight corruption.

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