Abuja - The Acting Chairman of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reassured lawyers and
judges comments attributed to him in recent media reports regarding the conduct
of judicial officials were not intended at tarnishing their integrity.
Magu was recently quoted in the media as saying judicial
officers were hindering the drives against corruption.
On Friday, he said his comments were directed at “a few
bad eggs within the system.”
“There is no way one can make a blanket statement on the
integrity of lawyers and judges. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers
and judges on the African continent. My worry is that the bad ones amongst them
are giving the good ones a bad name,” Magu said.
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He emphasised the commission appreciated the support of
most conscientious, upright and patriotic members of the bar and bench,
including defence counsels, leading to the commission's unbeaten prosecution
and conviction record.
Magu stated further that, mindful of the fact that judges
are constrained from publicly responding to criticism against them, the
commission only employed legal and administrative procedures, including
investigation of errant judicial officers and laying complaints against them
before the National Judicial Council (NJC).
As such, Magus said the commission has charged to court
and secured convictions against a number of lawyers.
“There is no blanket condemnation of lawyers and
judges. The corrupt few will not be spared.”
- CAJ News