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Calls intensify for former Nigerian president's prosecution

15 February 2016, 18:03

Abuja - Calls for the prosecution of former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan over corruption have intensified, with Christian organisations saying he should not be spared, Nigerian newspaper Punch has reported.

Chairperson of the Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, requested that Jonathan not be spared in the country's ongoing fight against corruption, arguing that he betrayed the trust of the Nigerian public.

While applauding current President Muhammadu Buhari on strides made in the anti-graft war so far, Bamgbola appealed to government to go after those involved in corrupt dealings and bring the perpetrators to book.

The development came a few days after the arrest and interrogation of Jonathan's Aide-De-Camp (ADC) over connections to an arms procurement scandal.

A previous News24 report revealed that Jonathan recently evaded questions relating to the arms scandal, stating that commentary should not be made in relation to ongoing court cases.

The threat of arrest still looms, however, with many of those closest to Jonathan having to answer for their dealings during his tenure in office.

According to International Business Times, Jonathan's former vice president, Namadi Sambo, was also cast into the spotlight recently, with the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) having raided his offices in connection with its ongoing probe.

The developments relate to an ongoing investigation into the loss of $2bn earmarked for the procurement of arms in the country's fight against insurgency.

A report released by PriceWaterHouseCoopers has revealed that corruption in Nigeria could amount to a loss of around $1 000 per person in the country within the next 14 years, with that number jumping to almost $2 000 by 2030, should corruption not be reined in.

- News24


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