Lagos — Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (rtd) yesterday canvassed life imprisonment for saboteurs of the nation's anti-corruption crusade.
JusticeAyoola made the call in Katsina at the opening of a public enlightenment campaign against corruption.
All acts of corruption that hamper government efforts in the fight against corruption, he said should attract a mandatory life imprisonment without remission.
He said, henceforth, the commission would be prosecuting people who presented frivolous allegations against individuals or governments to ensure that only genuine petitions were presented to the commission.
He frowned at tendency at vilifying leaders without genuine reasons, stressing that this is capable of weakening the war against corruption.
He lamented that Nigeria's progress and development had been distorted by corruption, adding, however, that public enlightenment and education would play a vital role in the fight against the vice.
According to Ayoola, a successful crusade against corruption would be a mirage, if there was widespread ignorance of the consequences of corruption on the citizenry.
He pleaded for people's support in the fight against the menace, positing that the task of eradicating corruption was for all.
Ayoola commended the State Association of Local Government (ALGON) for organising the enlightenment against corruption.
Speaking also, Gov. Ibrahim Shema said the commission deserved all support to ensure its success in the fight against corruption.
He urged the traditional rulers, Ulamas and the people of the state to support the anti-corruption crusade.