The APC has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other anti-graft bodies to intensify effort at investigating and recovering public funds and assets that have been stolen by public officials.
The APC, which made the call yesterday through its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, voiced its commitment to achieve its targets on the war against corruption since it was one of the key election promises it made to Nigerians.
The party, which said the call to anti-graft agencies was imperative as the country prepared for the 2019 general elections, stressed the need to check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in Nigeria.
“It is important that the Nigerian electorate have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and corruption test. We must ensure that we never again entrust the leadership of this great country to a gang of thieves whose sole aim is treasury looting as brazenly displayed in past PDP administrations.
“An example is a current senate presiding officer facing EFCC investigations. It is difficult to fathom how a federal lawmaker, who before his current position, was an associate lecturer and local government chairman, owns 22 high-end properties in Nigeria and other exclusive locations across the world. It is our hope that the anti-graft agencies investigating this senator make public his and other corruption probe statuses reports so that Nigerians can know them for who they are,” Nabena said in a statement issued in Abuja.
The APC, which described the fight against graft as “hugely successful”, hailed President Buhari for signing into law the Nigerian arm of the global financial intelligence unit - Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
The party voiced confidence that the new law would boost ongoing effort to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and check suspicious transactions.