Nigeria needs corruption tribunals – Prince Ajibola

A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, on Friday called for the establishment of “special tribunals” to defeat corruption in Nigeria.

Ajibola, who was also an ex – judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), said such special tribunals are necessary to ensure social justice.

The ex-minister said in a statement made available to The Nation that “abnormal situations often require abnormal remedies.”

The elder statesman, who had also served in many arbitration panels around the world, stressed that to ensure social justice in the country, the spirit and letter of the law must be considered in resolving cases in many instances.

He said: “We have done all these before, beaming of our searchlight on the judiciary, especially during the time I served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice of this nation in December 1991, having completed my service as President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).”

He noted that recent judicial pronouncements on several cases of corruption and abuse of office showed “obvious weaknesses and spinelessness” in the nation’s criminal justice system.

“We can still operate special tribunals with honest and intelligent justices of high integrity that will dispense justice fairly, impartially and equitably under the rule of law,” Ajibola added.

He advised the executive and the judicial arms of government to quickly come together to initiate other methods of tackling corruption as the current system has not yielded expected results.

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