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Published On: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

APDA backs special courts for corruption, financial crime

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By Grace Danjuma

The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has commended the Nigerian Judiciary for the proposal to establish special courts to handle cases involving corruption and financial crimes in the country.
In a statement issued yesterday by its publicity secretary, Tosin Adeyanju, APDA praised the judiciary for the initiative, even as the party commended the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for his efforts to “bring persons who looted or aided in looting our commonwealth to justice.”
“We are of the unrepentant stance that corruption is the biggest challenge to the sustainable development of our country and only its eradication can return our nation back to the part of development, national cohesion and social inclusiveness,” the party stated.
“We applaud the whistle blower policy and urge all Nigerians to stand up and expose corruption and corrupt practices in all its ramifications.”
“We thank all Nigerians who have spoken up against the machinations of agents of destablisation and urge all Nigerians to stand together and work towards an indivisible, united, peaceful and prosperous nation.
“APDA rejects hate speech and hateful conduct and urge the relevant agencies to resist agents and promoters of hate speech, impunity and disregard for our ethics and values.
“We urge all Nigerians to get their permanent voters cards and ensure that only credible persons are voted into positions of public trust. Please step forward and be counted”, it added.
It would be recalled that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnonghen, last week announced the plan to set up special courts to prosecute corruption and financial crime cases while declaring the new legal year open on Monday.
The CJN, in his speech, directed heads of various courts in the country to create the special courts for corruption cases in order to ensure speedy determination of such cases.

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