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Why Nigeria needs special court for corruption cases -Senator

Why Nigeria needs special court for corruption cases -Senator

Senator Kabir Gaya

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Senator Kabir Gaya, on Friday said he decided to sponsor a bill for the establishment of special courts to try corruption and money laundering cases because of the delay such cases are currently experiencing in regular courts.

Gaya spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he led members of the National Planning and Implementation Committee of the first National Youth Open Water Swimming Competition tagged Youth Unity Cup 2016 to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The federal lawmaker said the delay being experienced in the corruption cases was also hindering the Federal Government from accessing and utilising monies seized from corrupt persons standing trials.

He said, “You will find out that ‎court cases on corruption have been lasting for years. Some have lasted for 10 years and for eight years.
“For those monies that the government has seized, some of these monies the people are in court, and there is court process in those areas. So, those funds that have been recovered cannot be utilised because they have caveat on them.

“These court cases can drag on for a long time which means that monies recovered by this government can not be utilised. It is in view of that that I brought up a bill to set up special courts on anti-money laundering and corruption.”

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