OrderPaperToday – Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad has tasked the Federal Government to ensure that every individual indicted in the arms scandal unfolding from the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki is prosecuted regardless of status or class in the society.
Ahmad described the unfolding saga as unfortunate, noting that it was disheartening the rate at which the nation’s treasury was looted during the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The speaker said these while fielding questions from journalists shortly after he was honoured alongside other notable lawyers and judges for their contributions to the legal profession by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ilorin Branch at the weekend.
The speaker said: “You will remember that some military personnel were during last administration jailed when they cried out that they couldn’t face the insurgents with the kind of weapons and ammunitions they possessed, I think those officers that have been condemned to death deserves to be given national award or national honour. That is the least Mr. President can do for them”.
“And these guys that have squandered our money and exposed the officers to unquantified danger should be made to face the music, return our money and let them go to jail”.
He also challenged NBA to work closely with the Nigeria Police Force in order to ensure that half or one-third of the forthcoming recruitment exercise that would be done in the force are lawyers.
This, Ahmad noted would undoubtedly assist the country in the prosecution of offenders at the courts of law and enhance the fight against corruption.
He urged members of Ilorin bar to close ranks and work together with a view of achieving common goals capable of encouraging upcoming members in the profession.
The Speaker appreciated the NBA for considering him worthy of the honour, noting that it would further spur him to achieve more for the profession, Kwara and Nigeria at large.