The Public Interest Lawyers League also pledges to offer free legal services to ensure efficient prosecutionArticle |  By Yinka Ojo

The Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), has commended the House of Representatives for its efforts in the successful probe of the fuel subsidy payments by the federal government.

In a statement signed by its president, Abdul Mahmud, the group said: “We give kudos also to leadership and members of the House of Representatives for treading the path of truth. And through their efforts Nigerians now have grasps of the shenanigans that have gone on in the oil industry.  The Fuel Subsidy Report has finally affirmed the suspicion that Nigerians have had over the poor accounting and auditing systems of the Nigerian oil industry. Systems that have allowed individuals, charged with the responsibility of overseeing the industry to steal, to illegally enrich themselves and invariably create poverty out of our people, who ordinarily should enjoy the benefits of a natural resource their country has been endowed by nature.”

The group called for the prosecution of all public officers and companies indicted by the report, adding that they be relinquished of their positions while their trials last.

“The law must not only be applied, justice must also be seen to be administered, without favour, we add,” stated Mahmud. “Therefore, the Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) demands as follows:That Mrs Deziani Madueke, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Olusegun Aganga  must without delay be relinquished of their positions as ministers and be tried for their roles in the fuel subsidy scam; That all serving and former public officers, individual and companies named in the report must without delay be charged to court for economic crimes; That immediate investigation must without delay be commenced by the law enforcement agencies to ascertain the complicity of regulatory agencies like the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agencies and Corporate Affairs Commission.”

The group also pledged to provide the services of its members and lawyers, free of charge, to the “prosecutorial authorities whenever those individuals named in the report are brought to justice”.

Yinka Ojo

Yinka has taught at various levels of education. He has published a textbook on effective teaching practice and several academic papers in reputable journals. He is currently an education consultant. He loves writing, poetry, music and is presently working on a musical album billed to be released into the market soon. 

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