President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday lamented over the delay of criminal justice administration in Nigeria; stating Corruption Cases Are Taking Too Long and it was sending out the wrong signals
President Buhari, who was speaking against the backdrop that corruption cases on trial in courts are taking too long for trial judgments.He said the delay was tainting public expectations.
The President said in Abuja while declaring open a two-day workshop on the role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption.
“Critically importance is the sacred duty of the judiciary to ensure that the administration of criminal justice is not delayed. I am worried that the public expectation is still to be met by the judiciary in respect of eliminating delays and toleration of delay tactics by lawyers. When cases are not concluded the negative impression is given that crime pays.
“So far, cases of corruption filed by the government are not progressing as quickly as they should, despite the administration of the Criminal Justice Act of 2015, mainly because the courts allow some lawyers to thwart reforms introduced by the law. This should certainly change if we are to succeed in our collective efforts in the fight against corruption
“A well-functioning criminal justice system is imperative to effectively address corruption; as we seek to move our country towards greater growth and development,” he added.
Buhuri further instructed the judiciary to ensure that in carrying out its role in the fight against corruption, it must remain impartial and be seen to be impartial.