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Saraki’s Acquittal, Evidence Of Corruption In The Judiciary- CACOL

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has reacted to the judgement of the code of conduct tribunal absolving Senate President Bukola Saraki of any wrong doing.

The group says the acquittal stands as a strong indication of corruption still pervading the corridors of Nigeria’s judicial system.  Read full statement below

Ostensibly, out of political expediency, Senate President, Bukola Saraki has just been discharged and acquitted by the Code Conduct Tribunal, CCT over the false assets declaration charges leveled against him in a ruling that the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL finds very disturbing as it smacks of compromise on the side of the Federal government.
We view the judgment as a political one achieved by the so-called anticorruption-focused APC-led Federal government for the purpose of settling its intra-party wrangling and discontent. The ruling is a big indictment on the government’s anti-corruption drive given that Saraki’s case had been of the most prominent and most vigorously pursued one out of the several corruption cases being prosecuted by the FG.
We had suspected all along that Saraki’s corruption cases were probably going to be sacrificed on the altar of political necessity given the unnecessary maneuvers and intrigues that has characterized the trail right from the outset.
It also validates the fact the present government is corruption-compliant holistically; a situation where the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary arms are disappointing deeply involved with the exception of President Mohummadu Buhari, whose commitment to anti-corruption has for long been beyond reasonable doubts.
It is again a validation of the fact that it is easier for a ‘camel to pass through the eye of a needle’ than for system predicated on corruption to cleanse itself of the malady.
The Judiciary that is supposed to be the last hope of masses is the most disappointing given the speed with which it has been discharging and acquitting suspected corruption criminals particularly its members and others. At this rate, it appears no publicly exposed persons will ever get convicted regardless of the incriminating charges against them as long they hire high profile lawyers, who will in turn help in navigating through the turf of judicial trails using the lacunae in the justice system to evade justice.
The presence of black sheep in the judiciary will continue to render useless all plans and energy vested into flushing the Nation of corruption; justice can never prevail when the Lawyers who are to defend justice and judges who are to pronounce justice are wearing garments of corruption. Nigerians have witnessed several cases of corruption where culprits exploit corrupt tendencies in the Judiciary system to facilitate their escape of justice or to get the ‘slap in the wrist’ kind of judgment.
Like we have always said, this development is another indication that it is only the people, the victims of corruption organized in the various social formations that must own the anti-corruption drive in order to be able to prosecute a victorious war against graft. Thus, Nigerians must rise to the occasion by taking their destiny in their hands to rout corruption and salvage Nigeria.



  1. Nigeria is doomed. With everybody being charged with corruption and allied offences being discharged and acquited; there appears to be no future for our children and our future generation. The simple message being passed is that steal as much as you can bearing in mind the settlement sums and you will end up being celebrated.I believe that one day, somehow and somewhat; something will happen that is going to shock everybody and serve justice adequately to those who use their position and ill gotten wealth to pervert its course.How it will happen I can't tell now.


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