Human rights activist and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday lamented that majority of the accused in celebrated corruption cases in the country are handled by senior members of the Bar.
Falana noted that majority of the cases brought shame and embarrassment to the judiciary were handled by elders in the Bar. He regretted that government lacked political will to fight corruption in the country.
Falana said that this explained why lawyers, particularly the senior lawyers, have been encouraging corruption and manipulating the judiciary and ridiculing the Nigeria’s legal system.
The human rights activist stated this on Monday at a roundtable on “Promoting Ethics and Integrity in the Courts Systems and Improving Citizens’ Access to Justice” organised by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, in collaboration with Royal Netherland Embassy, Abuja at Western Hotel, Ikeja.
Falana cited such cases that embarrassed the government and ridiculed the judiciary system in Nigeria to include that of James Ibori, Siemens, Panalpina scandals, Dr. Erastus Akingbola and that of Halliburton.