Friday, June 16, 2017




The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) expresses concern over the continuous trend of poor handling of high profile corruption cases in the country in the past and recent times, especially with the acquittal of Godsday Orubebe by the Court of Appeal, who was initially convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT); the recall of Justice Adeniyi Ademola by the National Judiciary Commission (NJC), even with pending allegations of corruption; and the recent acquittal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of all the 18 charges of false asset declaration and other related offences against him.


Over the years, Nigerians have seen a lot of political leaders go scot free on allegations of corruption levelled against them as a result of poor administration and inadequate capacity of our justice system. It is, therefore, without doubt that judicial corruption has been and still is one of the major problems in the fight against corruption.


CISLAC has noted that the lack of synergy among anti-corruption agencies and international bodies has hampered and slowed down this fight. In addition, ill preparations and non-timely prosecution of some cases has led to the acquittal of these allegedly corrupt individuals.

CISLAC therefore calls for an urgent and expedient judicial reform if the fight against corruption is to have any effect in the country. Special Courts to handle corruption cases should be created as a matter of urgency.

We further urge the Federal Government to be proactive, thorough in its investigations and gathering of facts before going to court in order to avoid loopholes through which these corrupt individuals can meander their way through.

CISLAC notes the need for highly experienced lawyers to be recruited to handle these cases in court as inadequate capacity of lawyers handling these high profile cases has worked in the favour of these individuals.


We observe that there is need for anti-corruption agencies to be adequately funded in order to aid their work. Hence, a collaborative effort on the part of the Judiciary, Executive and Legislature in fighting corruption is expedient.


We also call on the federal government to adopt the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and network with relevant anti-corruption agencies, media and individuals, both local and international, who can support the anti-corruption fight.


It should be noted that since the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has offices in all of the Local Government Areas in Nigeria, it is only practical for the federal government to work with the NOA to carry out regular civic education and emphasize the damaging effect of corruption in our body polity.


The use of international prosecutors should be explored since national prosecution does not seem to be effective in solving high profile corruption cases. This call is further strengthened on the face of the conviction the British Government was able to achieve on the James Ibori case when the Nigerian authority failed to deal with the situation.

We urge citizens to continue to demand for accountability from the government and to support the anti-corruption agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption.


Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

Executive Director


Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

Executive Director 

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Head of Transparency International (Nigeria)

Amnesty International (Nigeria)Board Chairman

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