A Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, Civil Society Network Against Corruption has called on the Federal Government to remain focused in its anti- corruption campaign.
Chairman of the group, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, who made the call recently in Lagos, said the government and anti-corruption agencies should not be distracted or blackmail to shy away from the fight against corruption.
Suraju hailed the renewed fight by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to tackle corruption in the country by arresting and arraignment of some former governors and other prominent Nigerians.
He urged the agency to sustain the momentum as the fight against corruption must be comprehensive rather than discriminatory on account of any partisan or other narrow considerations.
He commended the Federal Government for not interfering with the work of the EFCC and other anti-graft agencies, noting that anti-corruption agencies can only be effective when they are free from political interference.
According to him, “We specifically welcome the decision by the EFCC to eventually arrest and arraign Mr. Stephen Orosanye, after several petitions.
“We call on the judiciary to key into the anti-corruption mode of the Buhari administration. The judiciary should not be a clog in the wheel of progress. The judiciary should be concerned more with substantial justice, rather than resorting to or hiding under the subterfuge of legal technicalities to undermine the efforts of the anti-corruption agencies to ensure that corrupt persons are brought to book.”
He called on the government to commence the reform of the judiciary without further delay and ensure that judges indicted for corruption are sanctioned.
He however admonished the Federal Government to appoint a credible member of the bar as Attorney General and Minister of Justice and that outstanding judges are appointed as heads of court to ensure that corruption cases are assigned to judges with proven integrity.


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