Prof. Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has condemned the decision by the National Judicial Council, NJC, to recall Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who had been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for corruption, and five others.
Sagay, speaking at the ‘Promoting International Cooperation in Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster Sustainable Development.’ conference which held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa said the NJC’s action was a hostility to the current administration’s anti-corruption war.
He condemned corrupt judges saying they had failed the system by engaging in nefarious activities with politicians who had ‘no name to protect’. He called on other judges to come down hard on others found wanting in the struggle for a corruption-free judiciary.
“This decision by the NJC that judges who were arrested, and those who are on trial like Ademola, whose case is a life case, and others who have not been charged, but are going to be charged, calling them back is for me a sign of hostility to the fight against corruption.
“We cannot afford the judicial hierarchy to engage in espirit de corps with members of their group that are falling in the corruption struggle.
“They must join the executive whose mantra is total or near elimination of corruption for the sake of the survival of this country.
“Judges have a duty to join in this determination.
“So, that sort of decision that was taken gives the impression that they are hostile to the struggle.
“That’s one reason why I said they’re not on board,” he said.