EFCC sometimes comes across as a toothless bulldog (all noise and no bite) and this fact has not been lost on our Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as he lambasted them at a workshop recently for the slow progress they had made in investigating and prosecuting high profile cases since the committee’s set-up.
Whilst accepting that a lot of the sluggishness was as a result of the work of anti-graft agencies, the vice president, represented by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, still maintained that eight cases was simply an inadequate number given the deluge of work ahead of the EFCC.
The Vice President stated that though he was not an advocate of “conviction at all costs in high profile cases,” the delay tactics often deployed by defence lawyers to frustrate the course of justice in high profile corruption cases were unacceptable.
Osinbajo further noted that only about eight high profile cases had been concluded with the prosecution successfully securing convictions since 2002.
He added that only one of the eight convictions was reversed by the Supreme Court on technical grounds.
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