The news hit the polity with a jolt on Friday when the Buhari-led government
In inaugurating the committee, Vice President Osinbajo said, “
RIPPLES NIGERIA investigations, however, show that President Buhari may have hurriedly put the body together out of frustration and rising concerns that his government is increasingly being perceived as holding political detainees under the guise of fighting corruption.
A source close to the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “The president is very frustrated at the seeming slow administration of justice. There are no convictions yet nearly after one year.
“Worse still, he is disappointed with the many gaps created by the prosecution agencies. I do not want to mention names here but there seem to be too many loopholes that could make it possible for high profile criminals to walk away from justice.”
The inauguration of the NPCC came on the same day that the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) led a handful of its staff and Nigerians on a ‘Walk Against Corruption’ in the nation’s capital, Abuja. Critics have since dubbed the show an image laundry exercise intended to legitimize the arrest and unlawful detention of alleged criminals.
A senior member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), speaking on the developments alleged a hidden agenda in the creation of NPCC.
Said he, “We see through Buhari’s desperate moves. He is unsettled the way the regular courts and other legal institutions are discharging their responsibilities. He has not hidden his quest for more powers to act outside the regular courts. We may be headed towards serious dictatorship”
He added, “With NPCC, it simply means that Buhari has condemned ICPC, CCT and even EFCC as failures in prosecuting alleged cases of high profile corruption before them. He wants ‘perceived enemies of state’ jailed without due process.
“Ultimately, his intention might be to set up special courts to try the likes of Dasuki, Metuh, Fani-Kayode,
Speaking further, he said, “We have taken note that while Professor Itse Sagay’s committ
Osinbajo, however, erased any fears about government intentions at the inauguration ceremony saying, “It is a very serious responsibility because it also involves making sure that people are treated fairly or that people are not pursued by reason of bias or any other such consideration.’’
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