Femi Falana, SAN
Human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN has called for the urgent establishment of specialized anti-corruption court in the country in order to effectively deal with the scale of corruption allegations especially regarding the $2.1 arms purchase scandal.
Falana said this in a paper delivered today at the Faculty of Law, Osun State University, Ifetedo, Osun State.
The paper reads in part: “The federal government deserves commendation for the renewed fight against corruption and impunity in the country. Regrettably, the anticorruption battle cannot be won through the regular courts. Under the pretext that the regular courts are congested corruption cases are being adjourned to the delight of politically exposed persons. The ICPC has over 400 corruption cases in the courts. It is not in doubt that the EFCC has many more cases which are pending in the regular courts. Some of the cases being prosecuted by the ICPC were filed in the courts as far back as 1999!”
“It has just been disclosed by the Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed that 55 ex-public officers standing trial for allegedly stealing N1.3 trillion have had their cases subjected to interminable delays. Owing to congestion of cases in the regular courts corruption cases are being adjourned to upwards of three months instead of hearing them day by day as stipulated by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. As if that is not enough, the suspects are being granted bail in self recognizance and other liberal terms notwithstanding the gravity of the offences alleged against them. Experience has shown that once granted bail in corruption cases suspects adopt all manners of dilatory tactics to frustrate trial.”
“With the ongoing investigations into serious allegations of massive corruption in the office of the NSA, NNPC, CBN, NIMASA, NPA etc it is clear that the regular …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper