A prominent legal
practitioner, Mr. Ebun Olu-
Adegboruwa, says the war on
corruption ongoing in Nigeria
seems to be more of vendetta
than it is of a desire to prosecute
corrupt individuals.
He listed some persons
standing trial – Sambo Dasuku
and olisa Metuh – who he said
had issues with the ruling party
or President Muhammadu
Buhari in the past, to back his
On Channels Television’s
Sunrise Daily programme,
the lawyer stressed that he
had no grievance against
the war on corruption or the
administration of President
Buhari, but insisted that the
rights of Nigerians must be
respected as enshrined in the
“There seem to be some
vendetta. We must advise the
President correctly because
we must face national lives.
“I cannot accept that human
rights are subsumed under a
war for corruption. To say that
people will no longer be granted
bail in Nigeria because they are
facing corruption charges.
“If you look at the country,
we are blessed as we are, with
the President that we have.
Well trained, disciplined, a
devout Muslim who fears God
and with a Vice President that
is a professor of law, a Senior
Advocate of Nigeria, a pastor in
the Redeem Christian Church
of God who rose to the highest
rank of Attorney General and
Commissioner for Justice and
revolutionised the judicial
system in Lagos during his
“We cannot, because we have
ad-hoc in government, shift the
goalpost of justice,” he stressed.
Mr Olu-Adegboruwa also
emphasised that the anti-graft
agencies should not be used
as a political device to witchhunt
the opponent, saying
it will be to the detriment of
other existing agencies of law
enforcement like the police.
He was of the opinion that the
police was the most effective
agency to fight corruption
because they are more widely
spread across the country.
“The Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, is
just in Lagos and Abuja. Anticorruption
fight seems to be a
“Corruption is not just on
stealing money. It is in abuse
of office. It happens on the
table of the civil servant,
National Assembly and other
places. If you say you want
to fight corruption as a major
programme, it will be at the
detriment of development of
“If that is the only attention
you have and that is what is
going on now. We don’t hear
stories about what we are doing
to tackle blackouts, tackle the
rot in the educational system,
the judiciary, where we need to
declare a state of emergency.
“I have no objection to talking
about it or taking steps towards
addressing it but if you really
want to fight corruption, the
gateway to that is the judiciary,”
the lawyer said.
On the ability of the antigraft
agencies to prosecute
the war on corruption, he said
that a look at the agencies
handling the fight against
corruption showed that there
was no serious war going on.
“EFCC operatives that I
have met are using their
personal computers to
conduct investigation.
“Why are the high profile cases
collapsing in court? There is
no enough manpower to go
round all the corruption cases.
There is no facility or method
of research or investigation to
come up with hard facts that
will enable you to nail a high
profile case.
“But when you catch a Yahoo-
Yahoo man [scammer] or an
ordinary person who has no
money or relatives, you take
him to the EFCC office and beat
him up or hang him and you
get a confessional statement
from him and the next day he
is in court, intimidated and
battered, the next week you get
a conviction.
“But when it is a high profile
case with someone with
resources, he goes to court with
senior advocates who will tear
the charges brought by antigrant
agencies to shreds. The
EFCC will reduce the charges
until the case will be struck
out,” he explained, insisting
that the anti-graft agencies
should be empowered more.
He also stressed the need for
the judiciary to be independent,
saying that at the moment,
the judiciary is still under the
control of the executive arm of
“The executive is in control of
the judiciary in terms of funding
and when the Judiciary has no
independence as to its funding,
there is no independence.
“We run a state where the
executive is deliberately
silencing the judiciary with lack
of funding to ensure that all its
illegal actions are not properly
challenged,” he added

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