The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has lauded the Federal Government for sending a bill for the establishment of special crimes courts to focus on cases of corruption, narcotics, terrorism, human trafficking, kidnapping etc. The bill was previously sent by Prof. Itse Sagay, led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC to the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami for onward transmission to the National Assembly.
The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, in reacting to the development said, “the country really need special anti-corruption courts to the speed-up judicial processes in corruption cases and other related offences.”
“CACOL have consistently advocated for reforms in the judicial system including the creation of Special courts for corruption cases to facilitate the enabling environment for the successful prosecution of the anti-corruption war. Several cogent reasons abound for the inevitable need for Special courts for corruption cases and some reforms in our laws.”
“As a matter of fact, since the kitchen became hotter for corruption criminals based on the ongoing war against corruption, corrupt elements are fighting back using every means available including lapses in our laws to evade justice. The plethora of corruption cases that the ongoing anti-corruption drive has thrown up calls for reforms in the existing judicial system to ensure that the efforts to rid Nigeria of sharp practices bears fruits.” Mr. Adeniran continued.
“It is a good thing that the AGF have now submitted the bill to NASS for consideration and passage; it is the way forward in the fight against corruption. We call on the NASS to expeditiously pass the bills in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. The National Assembly should not hesitate in taking actions that will translate the bill into Act of Law if they are really sincere and on the same page with majority of Nigerians on the need to expunge corruption from our system holistically.”
“As corruption fights backs viciously, the logical response is to; lawfully remove all the encumbrances on the path of the anti-corruption drive which corruption criminals cleverly use to wriggle through the labyrinths of the existing judicial system to escape justice.
“We therefore welcome and commend the Federal government on its initiatives and the proactive steps being taken to achieve the establishment of Special Courts, just as we call on all the Arms of the Federal Government to work in unison to fight corruption, a scourge that have encroached our country for too long and threatening to obliterate it.” Mr. Adeniran concluded.