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IPAC to Judiciary: Expediate trial of public office holders indicted of corruption

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged the judiciary to expedite trail of all public office holders indicted of corruption.

National Chairman of the council, Mr Muhammad Nalado, made the call while briefing newsmen at the end of the council’s meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

Nalado said that speedy trial of the cases was necessary to ensure that those found guilty were sanctioned, while the innocent were let off.

He described the judiciary as the last hope of all aggrieved people and said that it was imperative for judiciary officers “like Ceaser’ s wife’’ to live above suspicion.

“As the temple of justice, Nigerians expect men and women of integrity, credibility and nobility to serve and dispense justice in our court of law.

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“The National Judiciary Council should sanction any erring judiciary officer immediately to reinforce Nigerians’ confidence in our judicial system,’’ Nalado said.

He expressed IPAC’s satisfaction on ongoing war against corruption and commended various anti-graft agencies for their efforts to rid the nation of corrupt practices.

He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for properly transferring power to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to act on his behalf.

The action, according to the IPAC chairman, has saved the nation from avoidable constitutional crisis as obtained in the past. “This is democracy in action that should be emulated by all public office holders.’’

Nalado also commended the recent of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in disciplining its erring staff members who were alleged to be involved in corrupt and electoral malpractices. He said that such discipline would go a long way in sanitising the electoral system of the country.

He said that the council was working assiduously with INEC to strengthen the capacity of political parties through voters’ education and sensitisation of the public to improve the country’s electoral system.

The IPAC chairman also urged the Constitutional and Electoral Review Committee to work with the National Assembly to ensure effective and prompt amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act before the 2019 general elections.

He further called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the 2017 budget consideration to ensure its quick passage.

Newsmen report that IPAC members prayed for quick recovery of Buhari, his safe return to the country and for the nation.


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