By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”Delta State chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has hailed the conviction of Chief Bode George and five others, but said prosecution should be stepped up for other public office holders found wanting across the country.
President of the group, Comrade Oghenejabor Ikimi, said their conviction would serve as a deterrent to other corrupt public officers.
It urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to step up their actions against other corrupt officials.
The group said:Â â€œThe attention of the CDHR, Delta State chapter, has been drawn to the recent conviction of Chief Bode George, and five others to two and half years imprisonment each by Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Ikeja High Court for offences of contract inflation and abuse of office.
â€œWe hail the courage and sagacity of the said judge and his well considered judgment, as same would serve as a lesson to looters of our public treasury nationwide.
â€œWe, however, call on theÂ EFCC and the ICPC to step up fight against corruption by ensuring that it prosecutes all former public office holders and persons standing trials for official corruption in various courts nationwide, as convictions like this are the only antidotesÂ to official corruption.â€