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A case against corruption

By Ebele Orakpo
I honestly don’t get it. If the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is serious about arresting this hydra-headed monster called corruption, then they are going about it the wrong way,” commented Matt this Friday evening as the commuter bus meandered its way through the heavy traffic occasioned by many bad spots on the road.

“What do you mean they are going about it the wrong way? What do you expect them to do?” asked John.

“They are doing it the wrong way. They should change tactics. The EFCC boss should put on her thinking cap in order to beat the clever rogues at their own game. Just like Prof. Chinua Achebe noted in Things Fall Apart: Eneke the bird said since men have learnt to shoot without missing, he has learnt to fly without perching. That is the spirit. Otherwise, we will keep dancing around in circles. It amuses me when they reel out their charges against politicians.

How can you slam a 100-count charge on someone at once in a country like Nigeria where money talks?” asked Matt rhetorically.

“Ehn, that is the number of charges they came up with after investigations. So what are you saying? They should be charged for less or more?” asked Joe.

Said Matt: “That is not the issue. The issue is that it is very unwise to lay all your cards on the table right from the onset because that way, you give your opponent an edge over you. Now, from experience, we know that once all the charges are made known at once, the lawyers go to work to help the accused wriggle out of the problem and in the end, either the charges are dropped or the prosecutors are sent on a wild goose chase or the case is perpetually adjourned in order to frustrate the prosecutors.

That is why we hardly see any of the accused persons being brought to book. The cases just go on and on until everyone is fed up. The best thing is to frustrate them too.”

Continuing he said: “Just slam the first charge against them and never let them know how many charges you’ve got against them. Of course they will run around and spend money as usual to quash the case. Then as soon as the judge let’s them off the hook and they are about to heave a sigh of relief, the EFCC should come up with the second charge and as they are wriggling out of that, the commission should slam the third and so on. I doubt if any Judge or lawyer will like to handle such a case.”

“Of course, many lawyers would like to handle such as long as the pay is good. After all, these people steal enough to go through the case and have so much to spare after all the spending on suits brought against them,” noted Dan. “The judiciary is doing a good job these days. It is living up to its name as the last hope of the common man. Just look at all the election results they have upturned in recent times, the latest being Osun governorship election,” noted John.

“In as much as that is commendable, the fact still remains that they waste a lot of time. The wrong candidate would have almost finished his first term in office before the case ends. Look at the case of Delta, Ekiti and also Anambra.

The only good thing is that the governor’s tenure starts running from the day he takes the oath of office, otherwise it would have been a case of justice delayed being justice denied,” declared Emma.

“My brother, it is better late than never,” replied Okey.


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