SERAP offers Buhari ultimatum to prosecute 103 high-profile corruption circumstances

Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Lawyer Common of the Federation, to prosecute high-profile corruption circumstances.

The group mentioned the high-profile circumstances embrace 103 information reportedly despatched to Malami by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) in 2017.

The physique additionally demanded particulars of the whereabouts of 15 allegedly lacking case information despatched to Malami in 2019 by the defunct Particular Presidential Investigation Panel on the Restoration of Public Property (SPIP).

Within the letter by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP famous that failure to diligently and expeditiously prosecute excessive profile corruption circumstances quantities to a elementary breach of constitutional and worldwide obligations.

“The truth that these circumstances have been pending for a number of years means that your authorities has not carried out its public, constitutional and worldwide obligations, together with the obligations to indicate that nobody is above the regulation so far as the struggle towards corruption is anxious.

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“Public curiosity calls for that high-profile corruption circumstances are concluded inside an inexpensive time in order that these responsible are punished and the harmless are let out. The rule of regulation and the preservation of democracy additionally require that the authorities duly proceed in accordance with the regulation towards each high-profile particular person suspected of grand corruption, regardless of the place he/she is positioned within the political hierarchy.

“SERAP is critically involved concerning the obvious inertia by the authorities to diligently and expeditiously prosecute high-profile corruption circumstances. Whereas many of those circumstances have been dragging earlier than your assumption of workplace in Might 2015, a number of of the circumstances haven’t satisfactorily progressed, opposite to Nigerians’ expectations.

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“Speedily, diligently, successfully and pretty prosecuting high-profile corruption circumstances would show your authorities’s dedication to reinforce probity in public life and willingness to implement accountability in public life. The fundamental postulate of the idea of equality: ‘Be you ever so excessive, the regulation is above you’, ought to be your authorities’s method to excessive profile corruption circumstances.”

SERAP gave the federal authorities 14 days to behave.

The group threatened authorized motion if its calls for aren’t met.

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