Corruption high under Buhari, US govt says

The United States Department of State has said corruption under Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria president is huge.

It says government officials engage in corruption with impunity and are not punished for it.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, 2018 Human Rights Practices, disclosed that Nigeria under Buhari recorded small progress in effort to eliminate public corruption.

The US Congress mandates executive to produce human right compliance report.

A report released on Thursday shows Nigeria has made no remarkable efforts in addressing public corruption.

Although, Nigeria main anti corruption agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have the legal backing to prosecute corrupt officials, they often do not pursue corrupt cases to logical conclusion, the report says.

The report finds that Nigeria records huge cases of grave human right abuses with summary execution and unlawful killing as most prominent.

It indicted Nigeria security personnel of committing arbitrary summary execution and unlawful killings. It says the country police and army use excessive force to disperse protesters, arrest criminal suspects and kill them without trial.

It frowns at Nigeria inability to hold military and the police to account for human rights violations which have unlawful killings at the centre of them.

In cases where panel of inquiries were set by the state to investigate human rights violations, report of the findings are not always made public the US government says.

The report pointed to human right abuse committed by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF); human trafficking, gay treatment as major concern.

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