Vanguard (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: Pension Thief's Sentencing Will Encourage Treasury Looters - Cleric

Benin — PRIMATE of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has joined other prominent Nigerians in condemning the Abjua High Court judgment, which sentenced Mr. John Yusuf, who stole N23 billion from Police Pension Fund, to two years imprisonment with an option of N750, 000 fine, saying it was an encouragement to looters of government treasury.

He said: "Nigerians are unhappy with the kid-glove treatment given to a man who, by his act, must have killed many pensioners. It is a great encouragement to looters of government treasury. Whatever is responsible for such encouragement of evil, government should act promptly to show the people where its sympathy lies."

Most Rev. Okoh, who spoke at the opening of "Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria," in Benin, Edo State, yesterday, also insisted that despite measure of respite in the struggle against Boko Haram, "an equal attention should be given to the insecurity created by armed robbers, kidnappers, and human trafficking across the country.

"We call on government at all levels to do more to address the sore issue of unemployment for young graduates and general poverty in the country."

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