PACAC chairman wants punishment for SANs frustrating corruption cases

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PACAC chairman wants punishment for SANs frustrating corruption cases



The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) on Wednesday advocated stiff punishment for counsels, particularly Senior Advocates of Nigeria, obstructing and frustrating proceedings on high-profile corruption cases.

He said such punishment for SANs must include denial of right of appearance in such high profile and grand corruption cases.

Sagay spoke at a Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) media roundtable titled: Strategies and Approaches for the Successful Completion and Effective Prosecution of Abandoned and Unresolved High Profile Cases of Corruption and Combating Grand Corruption and Impunity in Nigeria.

The media roundtable held at Weston Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, was organized in collaboration with Trust Africa.

In his paper titled: “Prosecution of Unresolved Long Standing High Profile Cases,” the constitutional lawyer urged judges to enforce section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) which prohibits stay of proceedings in criminal matters.

He also counselled chief judges of federal and state high courts to create criminal divisions pending the establishment of a Special Crime Court.

He said specially selected judges, known for integrity and self-discipline, should be posted to manage such courts.

Sagay also urged prosecuting counsel in grand corruption cases “to apply to reinstate any case struck out for want of prosecution.

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