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British government’ll expose, recover Nigeria’s stolen money abroad – Paseda
by RAZAQ AYINLA
September 13, 2015 | 12:00 am| | | Start Conversation
Rotimi Paseda, gubernatorial candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the last general election in Ogun State, has lauded the establishment of British International Corruption Unit (ICU) to investigate corruption-related cases in the country, saying that the floating of the unit by the British government would further help Nigeria to recover more stolen fund overseas.
The gubernatorial candidate, while asking British Government to beam its search light on looted fund and help Nigeria recover and remit the stolen fund to the nation’s economy, also requested the British Government to partner President Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria and help investigate corrupt politicians and political officers living in the UK and Nigeria.
He equally demanded that politicians vying for elective offices in the 2019 general elections should be adequately investigated and screened by the United Kingdom International Corruption Unit (ICU) team, irrespective of their locations, personality and businesses, noting that the findings should form the yardstick for qualifying to contest the 2019 general elections.
He opined that the process would further eradicate corrupt politicians from the polity and strengthen the democratic system of government.
According to him, “the searchlight should cut across all politicians, regardless of their locations, businesses, and personality. So far, they will contest come 2019. America has thankfully done the same as UK and as a matter of fact their findings should form part for qualifying to run for office in the first place.
“I’m impressed by the move by British authority to investigate corrupt cases affecting developing nations, including Nigeria through the newly-formed International Corruption Unit; not only that it will prevent our politicians from transferring our money to overseas, but equally help to recover the stolen funds transferred in banks abroad.
“Integrity and source of money check on anyone intending to contest any public office should be a criterion. Some of us have nothing to worry about as we already have a clear enhanced CRB clearance (Criminal Record Bureau) because of our various business interests.
“As a matter of fact, enhanced clearance check from the authorities in UK and USA and all other countries where interested public office holders and their immediate family must have worked, lived or had business interest should be included.
“This way, we will filter corrupt from good intent. 2019 will be integrity-based election. Many will not attempt to step out. We shall see who among those jostling to contest for 2019 survive the eminent microscope. We are over 50 years as a democratic nation and we are just starting to get it right,” Paseda remarked.
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