Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has said contrary to claims, the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government is not winning the anti-corruption war.
The human right fighter stated this in his keynote speech delivered at a round table on “Winning the War Against Corruption” in Lagos, Thursday, March 31.
“Apart from the class solidarity usually extended to politically exposed persons by judges in all capitalist societies, the situation is compounded in Nigeria by judicial corruption and professional misconduct on the part of senior lawyers involved in the defence of corruption cases,” said Falana.
“Owing to lack of coordination in the trial of politically exposed persons, corruption is fighting back. Painfully, the federal government is on the defensive as it has failed to counter the deliberate manipulation of the criminal justice system by the indicted looters of the public treasury,” part of the speech reads.
Mr. Falana said the government cannot claim to be winning the war if suspects are being granted bail in their own recognizance or other ridiculously liberal terms by trial judges notwithstanding the gravity of the offences allegedly committed by them.
He added that most of the ongoing corruption cases would not be concluded before 2019.
“Some other judges are granting interlocutory or perpetual injunctions to restrain the anti-graft agencies and the police from arresting, investigation and prosecuting politically exposed persons.
“The ban on granting of stay of proceedings by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, is not being observed by the courts.”
The lawyer canvassed for the establishment of Special Courts to specifically handle cases of corruption, terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, advanced fee fraud, and other economic crimes.
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