President Buhari inaugurates special committee to facilitate prosecution

Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s determination to fight corruption and terrorism to a standstill.

He made the pledge on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while inaugurating the National Prosecution Coordinating Committee on terrorism and corruption.

According to President Buhari, the committee, which is the first of its kind in the country, would help facilitate the prosecution of high profile criminal cases across the country.

He said the existence of the committee portrayed government’s determination to extinguish corruption, terrorism, destruction of oil pipelines and other related crimes against the state.

“We are in a very crucial time in our social development and a committee such is this is very necessary and its historic because I do not know of any other in the history of this country. The administration itself is committed to ensuring that we are able to deal not only with issues of corruption which of course is a big item on our agenda but also other economic crimes like terrorism and of late, pipeline vandalism, which is rearing its head in the Niger-Delta area,” he said.

President Buhari, who urged members of the committee to chart a new course for the country, said they were carefully selected, not just based on their legal skills or expertise.

“Giving the nature of economic crimes, the enormity of money involved and the influence of those who may have to be prosecuted, we need more than legal skils. We need men and women of very strong character and courage, who will not only be able to turn down inducements of any kind but also who will be able to act without considerations for tribe, friendship or religion. This committee has such men and women,” the President noted.

Shedding more light on the importance of the committee, Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, who heads the 20-man committee, said it comprises of experienced investigators that would help a lot in fast tracking high profiled cases.

“With the establishment of this committee today, we shall be more effective and efficient in prosecution of high profile cases. It will ensure early contact and synergy between investigators and the prosecutors manage information to the public on the handling of these cases and strict compliance with the administration of criminal justice act 2015,” he said.

A member of the committee, Mr Dipo Okpeseyi assured the President that they would work hard to complement the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption.

Since inception, the current administration has not hidden its desire to prosecute corrupt officials and also recoup public funds embezzled in the past.