By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)Â has since its inception nine years ago, convicted 16 persons for corrupt practices while 200 criminal cases involving 379 persons are currently pending in various courts across the country.
Chairman of the Commission, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, who disclosed this in Enugu Tuesday, at a seminar for religious leadersÂ said that the slow judicial process and cumbersome Act that set up the Commission had hindered its effective operation.
He lamented that the slow judicial process, particularly for criminal cases,Â was a major challenge to the enforcement function of the commission, as according to him, the legal gymnastics surrounding interlocutory injunctions cause great delay and stall the trial of the substantive matter.
The ICPC boss, who was represented by Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, Head of Education in the Commission, expressed delight that the amendment of the Act 2000 as proposed by the Senate Committee of Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, will address the problem by giving room for the continuance of the trial of substantive allegations of corruption, even in the face of interlocutory injunctions.