Hon. Yakubu Umar Barde the Minority leader, House of the representatives, has expressed his views on the ‘arms-gate’ (the ongoing trial of those involved in the over $2.1 billion arms deal scam deal), stating that persons found guilty of stealing the country’s wealth should be executed.
“If someone steals from N1 million to N100 million, they should cut his hand. Yes, there is nothing wrong with that, so that when we see him, we will know yes, he stole. and those that steal from billions upward should be hanged and their property confiscated.
“Punishment should also be meted out according to the offence. At least, your punishment should be commensurate with what you have done. Do you want to have sympathy for someone who knows that the money was meant for arms and he pocketed it? If I am a judge and such a person is brought before me, I will confiscate his property and make sure he is killed also.
“We are living in a very funny country where people steal N1,000 and they are put in jail for years whereas, some people will steal billions and use that same billion to escape justice. That is not good enough,” lamented Hon. Barde.
“We are just talking about #Dasukigate and look at quantum of money and the number of people that are involved. You have not gone to the ministries yet. You have not even gone to the states and it is only ICPC and EFCC that are to do all these jobs. If we are fair to ourselves, the work is overwhelming. And you know, people will want to use the legal system to delay Justice, and that is what is happening today. So, why don’t we have dedicated courts to handle all these corruption cases, so that justice could be dispense quickly?”
“Am aware of former Governors who have cases with EFCC and they have not gone to court for the past eight years. So, this does not encourage the young people. It rather encourages them to steal, because if you can delay justice for 10 years, it means that is a good one.
“So, I think we need to put our heads together because corruption like hunger does not know party, it does not know tribe of religion. We must as Nigerians take a very bold stand.
“You can imagine this issue of arms deal. If you knew this money was meant for the procurement of arms, weapons, my brothers and sisters here, if you have a brother in the Army, he is sent to the war front and because his weapons are archaic and he is killed.
“Do you now want to have sympathy for someone who knows that the money was meant for arms and he pocketed it? It is so painful, we have lost loved ones.
“If I am a judge and such a person is brought before me, I will confiscate his property and make sure he is killed also. Because, he bears fault in the blood of people killed in the war front,” he said.
Hon. Barde who is representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Reps under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), revealed these while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Monday, he also mentioned that he and other members of the National Assembly are considering a bill to make the executive create special courts for corruption cases.