Cor­rup­tion won’t be tol­er­ated –CJN

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

In his speech Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Jus­tice Mah­mud Mo­hammed, as­sured the na­tion that cor­rup­tion would not be tol­er­ated and that due pun­ish­ment would be meted out to cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als.

He com­mended the on­go­ing ef­forts of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), un­der by Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

He said that cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria, as in other climes, is a com­plex phe­nom­e­non that could not be solved in iso­la­tion.

The CJN noted that cor­rup­tion sup­pressed eco­nomic growth and un­der­mined the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the com­mon­wealth.

“It also re­sults in fla­grant breaches of the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights of cit­i­zens, un­der­mines our col­lec­tive se­cu­rity; ag­gra­vates poverty, while threat­en­ing the le­git­i­macy of con­sti­tu­tional gov­er­nance and democ­racy. “Per­haps above these, cor­rup­tion blunts the sword of jus­tice and en­gen­ders con­tempt for the rule of law, a fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of any civ­i­lized so­ci­ety. It is there­fore im­por­tant for us to be holis­tic in our sub­mis­sions and pragmatic in our so­lu­tions,” he said.

Tack­ling cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to him, is not easy, point­ing out since the causes are com­plex, it has no sin­gle mag­i­cal so­lu­tion.

He said that the is­sue of un­due de­lay by tech­ni­cal­ity, which hith­erto plagued the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, has also been ad­dressed by the en­act­ment of

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