Representative of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Ms Katalaina Sapolu, yesterday said that looters of Nigeria’s public funds have no justifiable reasons to complain of rights violation in the course of government’s efforts to recover stolen wealth from them.
Sapolu, who is the Director, Rule of Law Division of the Commonwealth, said this while speaking with journalists on the sideline of the ongoing three-day ‘National Stakeholders Workshop on the Recovered Assets Workshop’ in Abuja.
The event, which holds between Wednesday and Friday, is co-organised by the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Sapolu had also led the Commonwealth delegation to the PACAC’s ‘Workshop on Roles of Judges in the Fight Against Corruption’, which earlier held on Monday and Tuesday at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.
President Muhammdu Buhari, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, judges at various levels of court, among other stakeholders attended the opening ceremony on Monday.
Sapolu said it was obvious during the conference on the roles of judges that looters could not justifiably complain of rights violation when asked to return their stolen wealth.
She said, “What I can speak of is what was expressed at the workshop which is what I can say
is from the horse’s mouth. There were lawyers who spoke, there were judges who spoke and they said most of the suspects and their highly paid lawyers would come to court and they would raise, of course, as any lawyer would, depending on the instruction from their clients, the fundamental rights issue.

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