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We won’t spare indicted bank chiefs, says Aondoakaa

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—The Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Michael Kaase Andoakaa (SAN) yesterday declared that the Federal Government would not spare any of the sacked bank chief executives accused of corruption, inspite of ongoing efforts by some of them to frustrate their trial.

Andoakaa (SAN) who  spoke yesterday at the International Anti-Corruption Day 2009 celebration in Abuja used the forum to defend the role he played over the refusal by the Federal Government to release former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori for trial in the United Kingdom.

He said the procedure was not followed in the request made to him, addimg that agreeing to the unprpocedural request would amount to breaching the rule of law policy of President Yar’Adua
He said yesterday that the 2010 budget would be implemented to the letter to impact on the lives of Nigerians positively.

Aondoakaa further vowed yesterday that nobody believed to have corruption case to answer in court would be left off the hook.

“I want to emphasize that this government is committed to the fight against corruption and will not shield any corrupt persons no matter how highly placed. Our commitment to entertain no sacred cow is borne out by the recent convictions of high placed persons. “However, we insist that all investigations and prosecutions must be done within the ambit of the rule of law.

“The minister appealed to judges to prevent corrupt persons from using the machinery of the courts to delay and evade justice.

“The firmness of our esteemed judges in the face of mischievous manipulations by corrupt persons and their cohorts is critical for the fight against corruption,” he said.

Aondoakaa who paised the Chairman of EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri to high heavens yesterday noted that the evolution of e-payment system in financial transaction has significantly improved our audit and accounting system and enabled greater probity in government spending.


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