By Innocent Anaba
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Ferdinand Orbih, has described the release of names of alleged looters, who still have cases in court by the Federal Government as totally irresponsible.
The SAN said such people who are still undergoing trial over corruption allegations are presumed innocent until the cases against them are proven as enshrined in the constitution.
Speaking yesterday, he said: “For the Federal Government to label as looters, persons who are undergoing trial over corruption allegations is totally irresponsible.
“Such persons are presumed innocent until proven otherwise, by the constitution, which the President swore to uphold.
“It does appear that the Federal Government does not understand what the rule of law entails or the dynamics of due process.
“The case against Nenadi Usman is still pending in court. The Federal Government that has labelled her as a looter of public funds is yet to prove the allegations against her in court.
“The government by taking this matter to the court of public opinion is making a strong statement either that it has no confidence in the process it initiated in court or it is a calculated effort to arm-twist the judiciary to convict at all costs.
“Either way, the publication by the government portends grave danger to democracy and the rule of law. Surely, there will be a legal response to this executive gross misbehaviour.”