26 July, 2017

Sagay looks for punishment for SANs disappointing terrific corruption cases


The Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption Professor Itse Sagay SAN has advocated "firm punishment for guide, especially Senior Advocates, who have turned obstacle and disappointment of proceedings on prominent corruption cases into a workmanship." 

Sagay said such punishment for SANs must incorporate dissent of right of appearance in such prominent and fabulous corruption cases. 

Sagay said this Wednesday at Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP's) most recent media roundtable titled: Strategies and Approaches for the Successful Completion and Effective Prosecution of Abandoned and Unresolved High Profile Cases of Corruption in Nigeria. Battling Grand Corruption and Impunity in Nigeria. 

The roundtable held in Ikeja Lagos is composed in a joint effort with TrustAfrica. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ogun State Mr. Olumide Ayeni who led the occasion stated, "Any individual who cherishes this general public will welcome and go to occasions of this nature. It is a critical subject we are here to talk about, to discover methods for tending to the cankerworm that has dodged our general public." 

Mr Okoi Obolo-Obla, Special Assistant on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari who spoke to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN stated, "I respect what SERAP is doing. 

It is not Buhari's work to battle corruption alone, it is all our battle. It is corruption that is fuelling this tumult by the distinctive party." 

Mr. G.K Latona Head of Legal, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) speaking to EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu stated, "We are not working experiencing some miscommunication with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation; we are participating with them. We have an extensive variety of corruption cases working together with state organizations. 

The Attorney General Office has the privilege to start new prominent corruption cases and examine it themselves without sitting tight for cases started by the EFCC. 

We are likewise dealing with best practices manuals for the prosecutors and examiners If you need a degenerate free society, we should all work towards it." 

Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN President Nigerian Bar Association said "Lawyers should answer to NBA anything they see in court that is degenerate." 

In his paper, Sagay likewise encouraged arraigning counsel in excellent corruption cases "to apply to restore any case struck out for need of indictment. 

As indicated by Sagay, arraigning specialists must "Demand full utilization of Sections 306 and 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, to be specific: No stay of proceedings under any conditions – S. 306.Any preparatory protest must be brought together with the substantive issue – S. 396(2), and hearings might be consistently, yet in uncommon cases, suspensions not to be in overabundance of 14 working day, might be allowed. 

Such deferments not to surpass 5 in any proceedings – S. 396 (3) and (4)." Sagay additionally prescribed that, "A High Court Judge who is hoisted while managing a criminal case, ought to be permitted to finish up the case with no impact on his new status. 

The Head of different Courts, specifically Chief Justice of Nigeria; President, Court of Appeal; Chief Judge of the Federal High Court; and Chief Judges of State High Courts, ought to be sharpened about the exceptionally basic nature of the battle against abnormal state official corruption to Nigeria's improvement and the welfare of its people groups." 

Sagay's different suggestions read to a limited extent: "Pending the foundation of a Special Crimes Court for the entire nation, Criminal Divisions ought to be made in the Federal and State High Courts. Uniquely confirmed and chose Judges, known for trustworthiness and self-restraint ought to be presented on such Courts." 

"It is essential to convey the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee and Civil Society Groups to screen all prominent corruption cases on an everyday premise (i) to guarantee that corruption cases are heard quickly and in full consistence with Sections 306 and 396 of the ACJA, (ii) to report rebelliousness by any Judge to the National Judicial Council (NJC)." 

"All associated continues with wrongdoing ought to be put under impermanent relinquishment amid the trial of a prominent individual. Indicting experts should depend on Non-Conviction Based Asset relinquishment, where verification past sensible uncertainty is hard to accomplish in light of details. Arraigning specialists ought to likewise consider turning much of the time to the Plea Bargaining Provisions of ACJA keeping in mind the end goal to spare time and state assets." 

Counselor Babatunde Ogala on his part said that "The minute you take open office, the desires of you are high. Corruption is an issue in each one of us, our qualities empower corruption, weight from family and well-wishers, once you achieve political office. Government is battling corruption to the best of its capacity." 

The Guest Speaker Professor Yemi Akinseye-George SAN said that, "The most ideal approach to loot a nation is to purchase its political framework. 

There are a few prominent corruption cases that are stuck and uncertain no quittance, no conviction. 

The National Judicial Council ought to be proactive in handling corruption. Judiciary must cleanse topic selves of corruption with the goal that they can keep away from official obstruction We additionally need to use on e-recording of proceedings and put a conclusion to writing in long hand by judges." 

As per Professor Akinseye-George, "There is requirement for true and dependable wellspring of data on corruption cases. Common Society Organization ought to be objective, they should concentrate on the issue and not the people. 

SERAP is at the bleeding edge of the crusade for the proficient arraignment of high corruption cases. If you don't mind support the backing. Common Societies like SERAP can help produce free information premise which can be refreshed routinely. 

This will help a great deal. Inquiries like who and who have been supplication haggled, what are the conditions, the understandings, and so forth would then be able to be replied." Others spoke to at the occasion incorporated the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC); the Nigerian Labor Congress, the National Human Rights Commission; Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the US consulate, the Royal Netherlands government office, individuals from the common society and the media.

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