Victor Ndoma-Egba SAN, the leader of the Senate has called on the Nigerian Judiciary to be more careful when dealing with delicate issues, considering the fact that the entire nation is watching to see if the Judicial system is a system that can be relied upon and be trusted with regards to judgement against corruption.
This he mentioned in light of the recent judgement against Mr John Yakubu Yesufu who was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a bail option of N750,000 by a Federal High Court in Abuja for scheming with others in order to steal N27.2bn, police pension money.
He said, “I think the judiciary has to be more resourceful and more creative because we are sending a very wrong message.”
“The message we are sending out is that our commitment to the fight against corruption and even terrorism is mere lip service.”
“That is the message we are sending out. And then, there is of course, a more fundamental, philosophical and ethical issue.”
“Now, when somebody who embezzled N27.2bn is asked to pay a fine of N750, 000, how do you convince a young man that crime does not pay?”
“He would rather embezzle that amount of money, pay N750,000 and move on in life. So, we must be very careful as institutions.”
“People might say it is the law, yes, I have looked at the law but the offenses in my view, should carry weightier sentences. We cannot tolerate this level of corruption anymore.”