Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability roject (SERAP) has sent Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to, within 7 days, publish all reports of hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999.
It urged them to disclose the number and details of public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly that have resulted in any indictment of suspects, and to name such suspects.
The reports should be sent to appropriate anti-corruption agencies to consider if there is sufficient admissible evidence to pursue prosecution, SERAP noted.
The FoI requests signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said publishing the reports of hearings and probes would bolster public trust and confidence in the oversight functions, and dispel the perception that many of these hearings and probes are politically motivated and serve personal interests.
SERAP noted that the most effective way to deter corruption is to make the cost of engaging in these types of acts higher than the rewards.