Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to follow the due process in the fight against corruption.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Uyo, the state chairman of NBA, Mr. Aniekan Akpan, expressed worry about endemic corruption in the polity which he said has crippled Nigeria’s development drive over the years but warned that it should be pursued under the rule of law.
Akpan pointed out that any accused person remained free until found guilty and urged the President to work in line with the law in prosecuting the anti-corruption war in Nigeria.
He noted that corruption remained the single most critical factor that should be tamed for the nation to move forward, enjoined well-meaning Nigerians to be in the vanguard of eradicating the scourge.
“Corruption is a national emergency and everything that is needed to be done should be done to tackle corruption but within the confines of the due process of law.” He said.
On the current travails of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the hands of the law officers at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCB, the NBA Chairman argued that the trial was in order and ruled out any form of witch-hunting in the matter.
According to him, the law does not provide for any limitation concerning investigation and prosecution of criminal matters, no matter the number of years such offences were committed.
Reeling out his agenda as the new NBA boss for the next two years, Akpan said he was on a mission to reform the legal system for the benefit of members and for the very poor to have access to justice.
More worrisome, according to him is the welfare of his colleagues in public and private services, which he assured he would intervene to make the authorities implement the laws relating their welfare.
He listed them to include the Law Officers’ Harmonisation Law and Legal Officers Remuneration Law, which, he said if enforced would guarantee the welfare of the legal officers in public and private practices.
The NBA chief, who said he would work to ensure the entrenchment of the rule, protect the people’s right from infringement, also pledged to weed away the quacks to make the profession safe for trained and qualified lawyers. “We have machinery in the profession to weed these ones out,” he assured.

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