Nigeria renews fight against corruption

By Say Ramoni
The Nigeria’s anti corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has intensified efforts to eradicate corruption in the country.
The renewed effort is in line with the government’s resolve to stamp out corruption from the system.
To this end, the anti corruption agency has arrested some top government functionaries of the immediate past administration.
They included some state governors and a former Head of service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye.
Anti corruption crusaders in the country are, however, worried that the prosecution of these officials might go the way of others in which the convicted officials merely got a slap on the wrist.
They cited the lack of diligent prosecution of most of the current cases handled by the anti corruption agency.
Barrister Onyekwere of the Center for Social Justice said that selective justice by way of plea bargaining had been at the roots of the failure to successfully convict corrupt government officials and highly placed individuals in the society.
“When you begin to differentiate between different categories of defendants or accused persons you are mocking this concept which is the fundamental basis of justice administration in the Nigerian Constitution,” he said.
According to him, the argument that plea bargaining speeds up the administration of justice is not tenable.
The learned lawyer submits that inter agency cooperation is the key to the successful prosecution of corruption cases in the country.
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