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Fight Corruption With Rule Of Law-NBA Tells Buhari

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri


The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),  Akwa Ibom State branch  has applauded the ongoing President Muhammadu Buhari-led anti-graft war, but urged him to follow the due process of law in tackling the menace.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent yesterday in Uyo, the State capital, the new NBA chairman, Mr. Aniekan Akpan, expressed worry about endemic corruption in the polity, noting that the problem has crippled Nigeria’s development drive over the years. He noted that corruption remains the single most critical factor that should be tamed for the nation to move forward, and enjoined well meaning Nigerians to be in the vanguard of eradicating the scourge. “Corruption is a national emergency and everything that is needed to be done should be done to tackle corruption but within the confines of the due process of law..”, he said.

Akpan who drew inferences from the constitution, pointed out that any accused person remains free until found guilty and urged the President to work in line with the law in prosecuting the anti-corruption war in Nigeria.On the current travails of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the hands of the law officers at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCB), the NBA Chairman argued that the trial was in order and ruled out any form of witch-hunting in the matter. The law, according to him, does not provide for any limitation concerning investigation and prosecution of criminal matters, no matter the number of years such offences were committed.

Disclosing his agenda as the new NBA boss for the next two years, Akpan said he was on a mission to reform the legal system for the benefit of members and for the very poor to have access to justice in the state.

He considers the welfare of his colleagues in public and private services as more worrisome, and assured that his administration will intervene to make the authorities implement the laws relating their welfare.

He named such laws to include the Law Officers Harmonization Law and Legal Officers Remuneration Law, which, when enforced would go a long way to guarantee the welfare of the legal officers in public and private practices in the State.

The NBA boss, who said he would work to ensure the entrenchment of the rule, protect the people’s right from infringement, also pledged to weed away the quacks to make the profession safe for trained and qualified lawyers.

“We have machinery in the profession to weed these ones out”, he assured.