Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Kaduna chapter, has called for the training and retraining of judges and lawyers to broaden and update their appreciation of corruption related issues in the legal profession.
The suggested retraining of legal officers was part of the 11-point communiqué issued at the end of the association’s 2016 Law Week.
The communiqué signed by the branch chairman, Sherrif Ndasule, said the legal profession must contribute its quota by working hard to change the mindset of the Nigerian citizenry, as well reengineer their public perceptions of the concept of corruption and ensure that core moral values are instil in children.
In the same vein, the communiqué called on the government to equally improve the capacity of the various law enforcement agencies in the area of investigation of corrupt cases.
Part of the communiqué reads, “There is need for training and retraining of our judges and lawyers to broaden and update their appreciation of corruption related issues in the legal profession.
“Corruption thrives because we do not recover the proceeds of the crime of corruption from the guilty and convicted corrupt persons; our laws must be reviewed to include compulsory forfeiture of illicit wealth of convicted corrupt persons.
“Plea bargaining is a useful tool in the fight against corruption. The society will benefit, as it will allow for forfeiture of properties acquired with illicit wealth for transparent use by the government of the day.
“Lawyers must adhere to the code of ethics of their profession in the discharge of our duty to their clients and government must provide adequate machinery to strengthen and aid justice delivery system.
“The NBA should as a matter of urgency at the national and branch levels set up and strengthen mechanisms involving courage individuals to monitor and fight corruption in our courts and legal profession in general as well as follow up reported cases to ensure corrupt individuals whether from the bar or bench are brought to book.”
Also, the association averred that corruption is endemic and that Nigerians must take very pragmatic and decisive steps against corruption to reduce it to the barest minimum stressing that without taking action corruption could kill the nation.

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