By Abdulwahab Abdulah
LAGOS—Against the allegation that lawyers and judges are shielding corrupt politicians, a non-governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for tougher sanctions against those found to be involved in large scale political corruption.
In recent times, there have been growing allegations of corruption against some senior lawyers, facilitating judicial corruption, which is making Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe some lawyers.
Executive director, SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said, “It is not only professional misconduct but also a crime for a lawyer to knowingly assist or induce another to break, violate or attempt to violate the rules of professional conduct or commit a corrupt act and other action prejudicial to the administration of justice that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.”
The group said: “Lawyers are officers in the temple of justice but improperly influencing judicial official to achieve results by means that violate lawyers’ rules of professional conduct or knowingly assisting a judge or judicial officer in conduct that violates applicable rules of judicial conduct or other laws is a clear negation of this sacred duty.