- President Buhari's administration is set to launch anti corruption tribunal
- The tribunal will have the powers to seize cash and assets of Nigerians who can not explain how they came about their wealth
- Buhari also admitted that his government has not done enough to properly prosecute corruption
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration would soon launch a special anti-corruption tribunal.
The president said the tribunal will have the powers to seize cash and assets of Nigerians convicted of failing to explain how they came about their humongous wealth.
While speaking with Voice of America ,the president said: “They will be asked to prove how they acquired the difference, otherwise, everything will be taken away and they will be prosecuted.”
He was quoted to have said this he will carefully select the judges for the tribunal and: “Give them time and necessary evidence such as the bank balance and properties owned by individuals in comparison to their wages.”
Buhari said this when he was asked about the status of his anti-corruption efforts and why no one in his administration has been arrested by the EFCC despite allegations of corruption, Premium Times reports.
The news outlet reports further that the president said if his officials are arrested, they should face the consequences.
“Well, there is no any other measure other than to ensure that whoever is arrested is prosecuted for all to see,” he said.
Going further, he said his government has not done enough to properly prosecute corruption.
“We should have had a lot more arrests and prosecution by now; EFCC has done a lot; they will investigate and send accused persons to court and Nigerians would be adequately informed. Those who are saying we have not done enough in that regard are right,” he said.
“By the time we set up these special courts and prosecute offenders, I am sure citizens will know that we are serious,” he said. “Those who embezzle public funds should be ready to face the consequences.”
“What we don’t want is to take people to places where the judges may not be able to convict them appropriately,” he added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, showed approval for the Buhari-led administration, Nigeria’s top officials at the meeting said.
Buhari became the first sub-Saharan African leader to visit Trump at the White House for a bilateral talk that touched on security, economy, trade, investment and governance, NAN reports.
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