July 5, 2013

‘Stop talking about coruption, evolve practical solution’

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Joe Gadzama, has called on the judiciary to evolve practical ways to tackle corruption in the profession rather than just condemning it.

Gadzama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that erring judicial officers should be adequately punished to deter others, while those who had performed excellently should be rewarded.

“We have to stop talking from both sides of our mouth; we have to work the talk and do what we are saying rather than being too theoretical.

“We know what to do to fight corruption, punish the erring ones amongst us,’’ he said.

He said that agencies saddled with the responsibility to punish erring officers should not allow primordial factors to serve as barrier to the sanctioning of corrupt officers.

 Gadzama said, “Ensure that you don’t allow primordial factors to come between you and the perpetrators of corruption.

“You don’t begin to say because you belong to the same tribe, to the same alumni association or to the same religion, you cannot punish the erring person.

“You must ensure that justice is done to all manner of persons.

“Whoever deserves to go behind bars, goes there; whoever is supposed to enjoy free air and walk freely on the Nigerian soil does that.” (NAN)