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We are un­der at­tack over an­ti­cor­rup­tion ad­vo­ca­cies, says HEDA

- From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos Corruption · Society · Civil Society · Crime · Human Rights · Centre · United Nations · Lagos · Abuja · John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation · West Africa

The Hu­man En­vi­ron­men­tal De­vel­op­ment Agenda (HEDA Re­source Cen­tre) said yes­ter­day it has been un­der se­ries of at­tacks in the last five months over its anti-cor­rup­tion ad­vo­ca­cies.

Chair­man of the Cen­tre, Olan­re­waju Su­raju said the at­tacks have been very brazen be­cause the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of cor­rup­tion are highly con­nected and they are ready to go to any length in­clud­ing com­pro­mis­ing the civil so­ci­ety just to get away with their crimes.

He spoke at the sec­ond day of the vir­tual Anti-cor­rup­tion Sit­u­a­tion Room with the theme, “Eval­u­a­tion and re­view of im­pacts of “Trac­ing and

Re­cov­ery of Il­licit Funds and As­sets on ben­e­fi­cia­ries.” The con­fer­ence was held with the sup­port of the United Nations De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, (UNDP), MacArthur Foun­da­tion, Open So­ci­ety Ini­tia­tive for West Africa, (OSIWA).

He said HEDA would con­tinue to en­gage the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers on is­sues both­er­ing on anti-cor­rup­tion ad­vo­ca­cies.

Su­raju said the cur­rent COVID-19 pan­demic has be­come an av­enue for the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to make “fee money.”

He noted that while for in­stance Ek­iti State charges N6,500 for test, lab­o­ra­to­ries in La­gos and Abuja charge N50,000 and above.

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