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Lamorde seeks special courts to try corrupt persons

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, has made a case for the establishment of special courts to prosecute corrupt persons in Nigeria as a way of facilitating the anti-corruption war.

Lamorde maintained that all the anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria were being bugged down by the slow process in the regular courts.

Mr Ibrahim Lamorde

To get that done, he suggested the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution to make provisions for special courts to handle corruption-related cases and bring the culprits to book.

The chairman made his advocacy at a one-day meeting of heads of anti-graft agencies on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Review, Recommendations and the Draft National Anti-Corruption Strategy, in Abuja.

He stated that some relevant laws in the Nigerian Constitution needed to be amended before the adoption of an action plan towards the fight against corruption.

Lamorde said: “The challenge my colleagues and I are facing, especially in the EFCC and ICPC, is the issue of prosecution of corruption and economic and financial crime cases in regular courts.”

Lamorde lauds EU, UNODC, others

Lamorde, who commended the efforts of the European Union, EU, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, and other agencies, added that the effectiveness of any anti-graft activity could only be judged by the number of convictions recorded.

In his remark, a former Secretary to the EFCC, Emmanuel Akomaye, who spoke on the outcome of the country ‘s Review Report and Follow-up Actions by National Partners, advocated better inter-agency coordination, building institutional capacity and legal reform.

“All these include making new laws, amending existing ones and improving on the efficiency of adjudication and sanctioning,” he said.

But, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, advocated better funding for anti-graft agencies.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah, said the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, and the Code of Conduct Tribunal needed to be strengthened in order to be more effective in the fight against corruption.

However, Lilian Ekeanyanwu, representing the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms, TUGAR, stated that the implementation of the strategy document would be the responsibility of the Presidency.

Other participants at the meeting included the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, National Planning Commission, NPC, and Public Complaints Commission.


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