Corrupt judges, lawyers see election tribunal as money spinner – EFCC

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said to corrupt judges and lawyers the election tribunal is money spinner, adding that the commission was keeping a close watch on them.

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 Magu stated this on Thursday in a statement he released ahead of Saturday’s governorship and State assembly election.

The anti-graft agency boss noted that after the elections not few aggrieved candidates would seek legal redress, saying lawyers and judges without integrity would take undue advantage of the situation to enrich themselves.

Magu said that the EFCC was well equipped to unravel any financial crimes in relation to election tribunal warning that dire consequences awaited perpetrators.

The statement reads in part: “Some ‘smart’ judges lobby and salivate to be posted to states, criminally conceived as the juiciest gold mines.

“This uncontrolled and suicidal temptation of acquiring undue riches overnight is already enticing and trapping a certain number of lawyers and Judges with possible prosecution and certain professional ruin.

“Therefore, all lawyers, judges, state governors, top government officials, politically-aligned businessmen and other stakeholders should be wary of this undesirable and ignominious fate.

“The Tribunals should be allowed to operate in accordance with due process, devoid of using illicit monies and means to negatively influence the course of justice.

“The EFCC possesses ample information on how the perversion of justice with ill-gotten money is initiated, organised and executed by individuals and groups within the political, bureaucratic and judicial systems of the nation.

“The EFCC also possesses information on how the beneficiaries of corrupt monies receive, hide, transfer and invest the loot at home and abroad in order to conceal their true source.

“We want to make it clear that, in this day and age of the information technology, international legal instruments and Mutual Legal Assistance between countries across the globe, there is no hiding place for corruption and money laundering no matter how witty or crafty the perpetrators may be.”

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