- A civil society organization has asked the chief justice of Nigeria to remove two senior advocates of Nigeria from the Corruption and Financial Cases Monitoring Committee
- The organization said the SANs are not worthy to be members of the committee
- CACOL also called for a review of all members of the committee to establish reason why they should sit as members of the committee
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has urged the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen to review the membership of the Corruption and Financial Cases Monitoring Committee.
The organization called on Onnoghen to remove two senior advocates of Nigeria - Wole Olanikpekun and Joseph Daudu - from the committee.
In a letter addressed to the chief justice, the executive chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, the organization said the two senior advocates are unworthy to sit on the committee.
Adeniran said Daudu and Olanikpekun have no business being on the committee because they have used their legal skills to defend corruption suspects.
“The lawyers we are talking about have been persistent in defending suspected corruption criminals and helping looters with the benefit of their knowledge of the law to wriggle through the lacunae to escape justice.
"Their regular justification has always been ‘we are only doing our work’. It is against the foregoing that we are urging you not to take the risk of allowing people who are corrupt or have allegations of corruption that can distort your good intentions on the committee,” Adeniran said.
CACOL also called for a thorough screening of all the members of the committee to establish and make public what qualifies them for membership of the committee.
“The judiciary remains the last hope of the common people. In a situation where the judiciary can longer serve the purpose of its creation, it becomes anachronistic, useless, and self-help becomes the only hope, which is a recipe for anarchy.
"We believe that the present government’s efforts on anti-corruption have its gains that are commendable and with judiciary rising to the occasion, we can end the repeated starts we have been making at excising corruption from our country,” the organization said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Onnoghen had named Ayo Salami as the chairman of the Corruption and Financial Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
Salami was appointed at the 82nd council meeting of the National Judicial Council presided over by the chief justice of Nigeria.
The NJC said the committee's primary assignment is to regularly monitor the evaluation and monitor proceedings of various courts hearing matters on financial and economic crimes.
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