Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Rep seeks death penalty for corrupt officials
A lawmaker, Kingsley Chinda, (PDPRivers State), is seeking death penalty for corrupt public officials.
He told reporters in Abuja over the weekend that the way things are going in the country gives room for concern. “I am reluctantly sponsoring a bill to prescribe death penalty for those who steal public funds.
“I say I am reluctant because I don’t believe in capital punishment, but the way things are going in this country, that is the only way we can deter those who are stealing or intend to steal public funds,” he said. Chinda argued that the enactment of a law prescribing death sentence to stealing of public funds would eliminate corruption.
Chinda, who is the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Customs and Excise, said his committee would hold a hearing on the smuggling of rice into the country.
On the deaths of applicants for Immigration Service job a week ago, the lawmaker said the National Assembly should share the blame for unemployment. He said there was no reason to blame the minister of interior, Abba Moro, but everybody.
The lawmaker backed the establishment of state and local government police in the country. He also supported the N7billion budget for the ongoing National Conference. “I am a member of the National Assembly, but I am not jealous. I don’t think N7billion is too much for people who want to talk,” he said.