N1 trillion rail contracts scam: I will expose looters and there will be no sacred cows - Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has threatened to expose all those, irrespective of their social stand, that are indicted in the N1 trillion rail contract scam. Dogara said this yesterday December 10th while declaring open the ongoing investigative hearing into the railway scam that ran into billions of US dollars from 2010-2015.

"In line with the anti-corruption stance
of the present APC government and the
Legislative Agenda of the House, this
Ad-hoc Committee must ensure that the
billions of US dollars spent on the
contracts for rehabilitation and
maintenance of rail tracks, construction
of standard gauges, bridges,
procurement of locomotive wagons and
coaches from 2010 - 2014, answers to
the value for money expectations of
Nigerians. There must be no sacred cows
and the Ad-Hoc Committee must not
take prisoners by not only calling a
spade a spade, but by also exposing
corruption in the process and all those
who have misappropriated or
misapplied railway funds or assets. In
line with our commitment to support
the present administration in the
ongoing war against corruption, the Ad-
Hoc Committee must not fail to utilise
its powers under Section 89 (d) of the
1999 Constitution, should any person
fail or refuse to respond to its
summons. In such cases, referral should
be made to the House to cause a bench
warrant to be issued against them so
that such person(s) who are still in deep
slumber may know that change has
come to Nigeria. The constitution
empowers us to compel the attendance
of any person or authority in Nigeria no
matter how highly placed, which is a
very potent tool. I assure you this time
around that no such person(s) will have a
president to run to for a cover or
protection from appearing before you to
answer questions regarding allegations
of corruption against him or her," he
said
He declared that the probe is in no way a witch
hunt direct

"We must note, however, that this
investigation is not a witch-hunt of any
person. Indeed, we have no scores to
settle with anybody. The only scores we
have to settle is against corruption,
inefficiency or waste in administration
of funds belonging to Nigerians. We are
only performing our sacred
constitutional duties," he said

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