Ex-Minister Wants 50-Year Jail Term For Corrupt Judges In Nigeria

By 07:37 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 Comments

Former Minister of Sports , Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, and a legal practitioner based in Ibadan, Akintayo Adeyemi, have expressed their support for the 50-year jail term recommended for corrupt judges by delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Adedoja believes that the jail term for corrupt judges, death sentence for defilers and life imprisonment for those who embezzle public funds were in order.

“The recommendations are very okay as long as it will not be personalised and politicised. Personalisation and politicisation of issues of public interest like corruption had in the past made nonsense of Nigerian laws,” he said.

* Ex Minister of Sports, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja

Also commenting on the matter, legal practitioner Adeyemi, said it was not the severity of the punishment that was important but enforcement of the law.

“There are laws made to guide the conduct of all across different strata and professions, but the enforcement procedures are so defective.

“So, it is not the length of time of punishing any corrupt judge or public officer that matters, but ensuring a good working environment for them. The recommendations should, instead, be focused on ensuring better welfare for judges, civil servants and all members of the society.

“People from all areas of our national life are frustrated because of poverty occasioned by corruption,” Adeyemi said.

Meanwhile, a community leader, Sesan Sode, has blamed the high level of unemployment in Nigeria for the corruption in the country.

“Although, the recommendations are good, government must first empower the people by providing jobs for the masses before enforcing any stringent law,” he said.

Delegates at the ongoing National Conference had on 19 June, 2014 recommended 50-year jail term for corrupt judges, life imprisonment for embezzlement of public funds and death sentence for defilers.

The 50-year jail term recommendation has continued to draw mixed reactions from Nigerians, both and abroad.

The proposal by the conference to create 18 additional states in Nigeria has also been generating conflicting reactions from Nigerians.

On Tuesday, 8 July, 2014, publisher of Ovation International magazine, Dele Momodu, condemned the proposal, saying it is a ploy to lead Nigeria into a path of recklessness.

The veteran journalist stated on his twitter handle that the delegates at the national conference should rather consider reducing the present 36 states in Nigeria.

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