By SIMON EBEGBULEM
Benin-ATTORNEY general of the federation and minister of justice,Â Chief Michael Andoakaa, yesterday, took a swipe at those accusing him of whittling down the war against corruption by protecting some indicted governors and other public officers, saying that those who thought the fight had died down are â€œjokersâ€.
The attorney general, who spoke during the maiden campaign against Human Trafficking organized by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in collaboration with the Edo State government, in Benin City, said that in the next few months there would be stiffer penalties for people who indulged in different types of crimes particularly those in the public sector.
He disclosed that the President Musa Yarâ€™Adua-led administration was fully prepared to fight all sorts of crime, adding that corruption was a potent threat to any society and would be fought doggedly by government.
According to him, to fight this war, three major areas must be confronted, â€œOne, corruption in our public service, we must confront it and the fight has just started, those who think the fight had died are only jokers.
Secondly, the fight against crime of humanity, which involves this trafficking in persons. Thirdly, crimes against poisonous products, crime against importation of sub standard goods, crime against bringing adulterated drugs.
â€œI want to assure Nigerians that those who are prepared to continue this business, the business is going to be extremely unattractive because there are going to be stiffer penalties in the next two months. I want to thank international collaborators, especially the Finland Ambassador to Nigeria and I urge you to continue to support this cause and our fight against corruption in Nigeriaâ€.