President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the creation of a special court to handle corruption cases in order to fast track early completion of trials.
The President reiterated his earlier call for speedy trial of corrupt officials while delivering his address at the opening ceremony of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector.
Buhari said that “corruption is a catalyst for poverty and other vices in the society thereby threatening social transformation, and the Legislative and Judicial arms of Government should work on having dedicated court to handle corruption cases.”
In his welcome address, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, listed re-establishment of corruption free nation, security of lives and properties and protection of the territorial integrity of Nigeria as some of the major and cardinal programmes of the President Buhari administration. He commended the ICPC for the good job it is doing, promising to keep supporting the commission in its fight for corruption free society.
The Chairman of the commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye took time to reel out the successes recorded by the commission. He also presented two persons, ACG Bashir Abubakar of Nigeria Customs Service and Mrs Josephine Ugwu of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to President Buhari for integrity awards for their sheer display of integrity in their places of work.
In attendance to grace the ceremony are Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Tanko, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle Esq. representative of the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and others.