17 Mar 2013 13:46 Africa/Lagos
Transparency International calls on Nigerian president to rescind controversial pardon of corrupt politician
BERLIN, 14 March 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to rescind the pardon granted to Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha ("DSP"), the former governor of the oil-rich state of Bayelsa, who was convicted for money laundering and other serious corruption offences in 2007.
“This decision undermines anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria and encourages impunity. If the government is serious about uprooting public corruption, sanctions against those who betray the public trust should be strengthened, not relaxed,” said Akere Muna, vice-chair of Transparency International.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha will now be able to stand for public office again.
President Jonathan should show that he is committed to fighting corruption and endorse the efforts of law enforcement agencies to end impunity for corrupt officials.
Nigeria was ranked 139 out of 174 countries in the 2012 Corruptions Perceptions Index. Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has prosecuted and convicted a number of high-profile corrupt individuals since its inception in 2003, but most of them have escaped effective sanctions.
SOURCE : Transparency International