Hon. Umar Barde Yakubu, the minority leader in the House of Representatives has demanded death penalty for those alleged to have stolen billions of naira from the nation’s treasury, Leadership reports.
Speaking with newsmen in Kaduna, Yakubu said it is unacceptable for people to steal public fund and use the public fund to get justice from court.
Yakubu who has been representing Chikun/Kajuru federal constituency since 2003 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said: “If someone steals from N1million to N100 million, they should cut his hand. Yes, there is nothing wrong with that, so that when we see him, we will know yes, he stole. And those that steal from billions upward should be hanged and their property confisticated.
“I am also of the belief that punishment should also be segregated according to the offence. At least, your punishment should be commensurate with what you have done.”
“We are living in a very funny country where people steal N1,000 and they are put in jail for years. And where some people will steal billions and use that same billion to escape justice. That is not good enough.”
According to Yakubu, members of the national assembly are considering a bill that makes the executive create special courts for corruption cases.
He said: “Me and some members in the National Assembly are of the believe that, we should have special courts for corruption cases.
“Because, if you look at the quantum of corruption in the country today, we are just talking about Dasukigate and look at quantum of money and the number of people that are involved. You have not gone to the ministries yet. You have not even gone to the states and it is only ICPC and EFCC that are to do all these jobs. If we are fair to ourselves, the work is overwhelming. And you know, people will want to use the legal system to delay Justice, and that is what is happening today. So, why don’t we have dedicated courts to handle all these corruption cases, so that justice could be dispense quickly?
“Am aware of former Governors who have cases with EFCC and they have not gone to court for the past eight years. So, this does not encourage the young people. It rather encourages them to steal, because if you can delay justice for 10 years, it means that is a good one.
“So, I think we need to put our heads together because corruption like hunger does not know party, it does not know tribe of religion. We must as Nigerians take a very bold stand.
“You can imagine this issue of arms deal. If you knew this money was meant for the procurement of arms, weapons, my brothers and sisters here, if you have a brother in the Army, he is sent to the war front and because his weapons are archaic and he is killed. Do you now want to have sympathy for someone who knows that the money was meant for arms and he pocketed it? It is so painful, we have lost loved ones.
“If I am a judge and such a person is brought before me, I will confisticate his property and make sure he is killed also. Because, he bears fault in the blood of the people killed in the war front.”
Buhari had on Friday, January 15, directed the EFCC to carry out further investigation into the alleged misconduct established against some retired and serving officers of the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army in the arms deal scandal.
It was learnt that the arrest and detention of Col Sambo Dasuki in relation to the diversion of the funds meant for arms purchase in the Office of the National Security Adviser, exposed the illicit deals undertaken by the indicted officers.