The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has re-emphasized the commitment of the Judiciary in the fight against corruption, saying that courts would no longer dismiss cases of corruption against high- profile persons without trial. This is coming at a time the Nation’s Justice Sector is being accused of not doing enough on the fight against corruption in the country by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The wheel of justice is often said to grind slowly but this is not what the officials of the anti-corruption agencies want to hear as they always want a speeditious dispensation of corrupt cases. In a bid to overcome delays in prosecuting criminal trials, the New Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 was introduced in the nation’s legal jurisprudence.
But in spite of the new act, the judiciary has been receiving hammer and knocks from different quarters for not concluding corrupt cases as fast as it’s expected. Reacting to the accusation, the CJN says that one of the reasons the cases against the politically-exposed persons had remained in the courts was because of lack of will by government to get them prosecuted.