Written by Chuks NZEH

$2.1bn arms deal: NLC wants stiffer punishment for those involved

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has proposed stiffer punishment for all those found wanting in the $2.1 billion arms deal.

National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while speaking recently on the development, said labour and civil society groups would sponsor a private bill to propose stiffer punishment on all corruption related offences in the country.

According to Wabba, "we believe with prescription of more stringent punishment for corruption cases, few will dare to go to the extent. We need no telling that massive corruption in the system is responsible for our lack of development and our present economic woes.

"Rising cases of alienation, civil disobedience, crime and insurgency are directly traceable to wanton cases of corruption in high places which did not only create avoidable disease, ignorance and poverty, but have totally incapacitated our people.

"Labour and civil society groups, with other progressive in the National Assembly are going to sponsor a private bill for capital punishment for corrupt cases.”

On why the called for capital punishment for corrupt cases is necessary, the NLC president said because looters are also killers since most often they diverted money meant for either drugs in the hospitals, or other essentials.

Comrade Wabba also said all those who have stolen from the treasury be made to return such stolen wealth and be made to face the wrath of the law.

He however urged President Muhammadu Buhari to also extend the investigation to the private sector as well as the power sector to unravel billions of dollars spent on the sector without commiserate results.

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