Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, on Thursday, declared that president Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had through its whistle-blower policy recovered over N1 trillion from looters through its whistle-blower policy since 1999.
Speaking at the 20th Bishop Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture to celebrate the 74th birthday of the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, Mr Falana insisted that the federal government must account for these funds.
Delivering the lecture titled: ‘The Danger of Unequal Criminal Justice System in Nigeria’, Mr Falana said the exact amount had not been declared, neither had the government said what the funds were used for.
Mr Falana suggested that government should use the funds to empower local government areas to provide jobs at the grassroots to check unemployment and curb crime.
He said: “The Federal Government has recovered huge sums of money from looters. One of the policies of government, the whistle-blowing policy, has fetched the country N605 billion as of three months ago.
“I am, therefore, suggesting that the billions recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, let the Federal Government allocate at least N1 billion to every local government area for job creation for our young men and women.”
Mr Falana also accused the military and police of aiding crime in Nigeria by conniving with criminals and politicians.
The activist lawyer gave example of notorious kidnapper Evans, who allegedly used a Lance Corporal to pass through checkpoints without being checked while his victims were in the boot.
He also alluded to the current case of Taraba State-based kidnapper, Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) in which the suspect exchanged calls with a Divisonal Police Officer, DPO, and an Army captain.
He said the arrested soldiers in the Wadume case should be tried by the Attorney General of Taraba State, and not the military.
The activist lawyer described the court martial as a cover-up.
Mr Falana said: “Every crime in Nigeria has to be tried in the venue of the crime. So, if the people are killed in Jalingo, Taraba State, you cannot try them in Jos, Plateau State. That means you want them to escape justice.
“So, we are asking the authorities, particularly the Attorney General of Taraba State, to take over the case without further ado so that justice can be served without further delay.”