By Dapo Akinrefon
CHAIRMAN of Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, has commended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Walter Onnoghen, for the major transformations in the judiciary.
According to him, the decision of the chief judge to introduce special courts to try looters of the nation’s resources will not only expedite the trial of corruption cases but also ensure efficient, effective and speedy processes in proceedings.
In a statement, entitled: “Happy prospects of a dynamic and patriotic judiciary,” Sagay said the steps taken by the CJN would guarantee that justice will come to looters and other high profile criminal elements who are responsible through their fraud and economic sabotage for the economic adversity of Nigeria, its underdevelopment and the pain and suffering of its masses.
He said: “By ordering the creation of criminal divisions with special focus on corruption cases in all the high courts of the country, the chief justice has demonstrated his commitment to the speedy eradication of corruption, the cleansing of the judiciary and the determination to restore that vital institution to its rightful place, not only in the constitution of this country but also to the golden age of the judiciary.
“We are particularly pleased that only Judges known for their integrity, honour, uprightness and unblemished records will be recommended to man these special criminal courts.
“We also note with deep appreciation the CJN’s decision to see the bad eggs in the judiciary out of that institution.”
“Judges handling corruption cases are now going to be monitored by the NJC itself. This is a new era in the administration of criminal justice,’’ Sagay said.
Besides, he said PACAC was also planning to create separate monitoring teams, pledging to work closely with the CJN “in this new and great enterprise to revive the judiciary and justice in Nigeria.”