The speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has asked the federal government to ensure that every individual involved in the alleged billion dollars arms scandal is prosecuted.
Describing the revelations on the alleged arms deal as embarrassing, Ahmad said it was disheartening to know the rate at which the nation’s treasury was looted in the last political dispensation.
The speaker also urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency give the military officers who were earlier condemned to death national honours as compensation for what they had gone through.
He made these submissions while fielding questions from newsmen 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.
The speaker said: “It is good we are seeing the results especially with the arms scandal. You will remember that some military personnel were during the last administration jailed when they cried out that they couldn’t face the insurgents with the kind of weapons and ammunition they possessed; I think those officers that have been condemned to death deserve to be given national awards or national honours. That is the least Mr President can do for them.
“And these guys that have squandered our money and exposed the officers to unquantifiable danger should be made to face the music, return our money and let them go to jail”.
He also challenged the NBA to work closely with the Nigeria Police Force to ensure that half or one-third of the people to be recruited in the forthcoming recruitment exercise 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 to achieving common goals capable of encouraging upcoming members in the profession.
The Speaker thanked the NBA for consider him worthy of the honour.