The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says Nigerians should expect the conclusion of some corruption-related cases of high-profile politicians in the next six months.
Sagay, in an interview monitored on Channels Television by our correspondent on Sunday night, also said the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry that indicted the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was not credible.
He said, “That (suspension of corruption-related cases) used to be the case but it is no longer so. It’s not quite correct to say that no politician has ever been convicted. This government is just one year in the saddle and if you have been following, there is a vigorous and dynamic prosecution of virtually all the cases of corruption that the EFCC has come across.
“The cases are progressing aggressively. So, it is a fresh start. A normal criminal case used to take between 10 to 12 years and (would) still drag on like that. Presently, we have up to 20 different cases in court; cases of politicians and high profile people. The cases are ongoing. In some of the cases, the government has concluded the prosecution and the defence have been opened. So, let me put it this way, within the next six months, a series of cases would be concluded (I don’t want to use the word conviction) because a case could be terminated with an acquittal. We will see an end to the phenomenon of suspended cases.”
Sagay dismissed the allegation that the anti-corruption war had been targeted at the members of the opposition party.
The don said anybody who had evidence of corruption against any All Progressives Congress member should come forward with information.
He said, “If anybody has any evidence against any APC man now, who is guilty of corruption or looting of public funds, let him come out so that investigations could start. Be a whistleblower and then investigations could start. The panel that indicted Amaechi has no credibility, ” he said.