The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Tuesday called for collaboration between all relevant agencies of the Federal Government for the war against corruption and other related crimes to succeed. Justice Mohammed spoke at a workshop on ‘combating financial fraud, cyber and cross-border crimes’ in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who also spoke at the event, said he was currently working with the judiciary to ensure the success of government’s efforts to end impunity in the land.
Malami also said, “more than $2 trillion has been confiscated and recovered’ in the last 12 years by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.”
The CJN’s speech came on the heel of a comment credited to President Muhammadu Buhari who was quoted to have in faraway Ethiopia said that the judiciary was his only “headache” in his fight against corruption. Justice Mohammed said any efforts to end impunity in the country must first consider and prioritize reforms of the nation’s laws. He said reform efforts must begin with the establishment of the Administrative of justice Commission as provided for in the Administration of Justice Commission Act, 1991.
“Achieving success in fighting fraud, cyber crime and other cross-border crimes depends on all stakeholders working together towards developing intelligent initiatives, which will result in tangible and pragmatic solutions to ending and ridding ourselves of these emerging crimes.” Malami lamented the negative impact of corruption, fraud, cyber and other cross-border crimes on the nation’s growth efforts.
Malami said, “I am already working closely with the judicial leadership. In the past few weeks, my team and I have held several interactions with the Chief Justice of Nigeria and other judicial leaders. While the discussions are still ongoing on the best way the Federal Ministry of Justice can support the work of the Judiciary, we are hopeful that we will work in a manner that will reduce delay of complex cases, and improve justice delivery for ordinary Nigerians without compromising the rights to fair hearing.
“The essence is to establish a ‘collaborative buy-in’ between the Executive and the Judiciary in consensus building in the fight against corruption and organised crimes.”