The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the continued payment of N14.2 million salary by the National Assembly to Senator Joshua Dariye.
According to Channels Television, in a statement released by SERAP on Sunday, the organisation had asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the payment of the convicted lawmaker, adding that it violates the law.
This was made known by SERAP’s Senior Legal Adviser, Ms Bamisope Adeyanju.
According to Ms Adeyanju, paying Dariye who was convicted for corruption sends a message that corruption pays.
Recall that the senator who is a former governor of Plateau State is currently serving a 10-year jail term at the Kije Prison in Abuja for embezzling N1.1bn ecological funds belonging to Plateau State while in office.
Adeyanju said; “This action undermines the rule of law and is a great moral failure because it sends a message that corruption pays—it’s the opposite of Nigerian Constitutional principles and international obligations”
It said, “By paying Mr Dariye’s allowances while in prison, Mr Saraki and the National Assembly Service Commission have destroyed the efficacy and purpose of Mr Dariye’s conviction and have brought the rule of law and administration of justice into disrepute.
“SERAP and the public are alarmed by the action of Mr Saraki and the National Assembly Service Commission and they ought to be restrained by this Honourable Court.”
To SERAP, “restraining them would send a clear message to Nigerian elected officials that corruption does not pay and contribute to promoting accountability and fostering public trust and confidence in Nigeria’s democracy, the rule of law and the governance system.”