Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the delay in court processes which often get high profile corruption cases stalled.
Speaking at a sensitization workshop, Osinbajo lamented the delay tactics often deployed by defence lawyers to frustrate the course of justice in high profile corruption cases, Punch reports.
He said though he was not an advocate for “conviction at all costs in high profile cases,” the law must be followed in all corruption cases either low or high profile.
He said the development had left the various anti-corruption agencies only able to secure seven convictions in such high profile cases since 1999, a figure which he said was too insignificant.
“It is a sad truth that of all the high profile cases filed since 2002 when the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) was established and corruption was first actively identified then by the President, Olusegun Obasanjo, as the number one monster devouring Nigeria, only about eight high profile cases have been concluded with the prosecution successfully gaining convictions from the appropriate courts,” Osinbajo said.