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Group condemns bill seeking amnesty for treasury looters



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Group condemns bill seeking amnesty for treasury looters

By Mohammed Lawal

The Ummah Movement under the National Islamic Centre (NIC), has condemned the bill before the National Assembly seeking to grant amnesty to treasury looters.

Dr Muhammad Babangida-Muhammad, the NIC Amir, made this known on Monday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“The Ummah Movement is saddened by and condemns in totality the first reading of a draft bill now before the National Assembly.

“The bill reads: A Bill for an Act to Establish a Scheme to Harness untaxed Money for Investment Purposes and to Assure any Declarant Regarding Inquiries and Proceedings under Nigerian Law and for other Matters Concerned Therewith.

“The Ummah Movement rejects the spurious and self-serving reasons for the bill and urges all Nigerians of good will to condemn it and the National Assembly to abandon and cancel its second reading,” it said.

The group stressed that the greatest tragedy that could befall a nation, was when people who could stop evil fail to act rightfully.

It said that the passage of the bill would only institutionalise and legitimise impunity in the nation.

“All elected representatives who support this obnoxious bill will be noted by Nigerian voters as supporters and promoters of treasury looters.

“Supporters of this bill are enemies of the welfare of Nigerian citizens and eligible to be voted out of office at the next election or be recalled immediately,” it stressed.

The group also sympathise with the victims of what it described as the “massacre” on the Mambilla in Taraba.

“The Ummah Movement expresses its deepest sympathy with the victims and condemns the wanton destruction of lives and property on the Mambilla by ‘ethnic militia’ in Sardauna Local Government of Taraba State.

“Why are the State and Local Governments hiding information as if supporting the bloodshed.

“We urge the Federal Government to direct security agencies to take necessary measures to halt the massacre of innocent Nigerians and arrest the armed criminals with their leaders.

“Make them face the full wrath of the law.

“The Federal Government should expedite action towards establishing Judicial Commission of Inquiry that will get to the root cause of the crisis,” it pleaded. (NAN)

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