The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project [SERAP] has issued a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission [ICPC] Chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, as well as Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC].
In the petition issued to ICPC and EFCC, SERAP gave detailed information about the alleged diversion of constituency projects by former Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, and Isa Misau.
The petition was signed by the Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, and reads in part:
"When members of the National Assembly divert constituency projects for personal use, the essence of such projects is defeated, and the integrity of the mechanism compromised.
"Invite those suspected to be involved for interrogation and further questioning, and for them to promptly face prosecution as appropriate, would show that no one is above the law. It would be entirely consistent with the exercise of your mandates to combat corruption and with both the spirit and the letter of the UN Convention against corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.
“The organisation urges the anti-grafting bodies in Nigeria, ICPC and EFCC to consider the recovered hospital equipment and six tractors that were allegedly diverted for personal use by Godswill Akpabio and Isa Misau as probable evidence in the 'prompt prosecution' of the corrupt persons.
"The allegations of diversion of constituency projects by public officers have weakened public confidence in the effectiveness of the mechanism as currently implemented to deliver essential public services to those most in need. Unresolved allegations of corruption in constituency projects would significantly contribute to impunity for grand corruption in Nigeria and pose a serious threat to probity in public life, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
“Allegations of corruption in constituency projects meant to be implemented for the common good and not the personal gains of lawmakers would ultimately undermine the principles of representative and accountable government that acts in the public interest, and equality and fairness."