Nigerians have continued to react to the acquittal of Senate President, Bukola Saraki on the 18-count charges bothering on false declaration of assets brought against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Reacting to Wednesday’s CCT judgment, Olu Omotayo esq., renowned Enugu based human rights lawyer and President of Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network (CRRAN) blamed the office of Attorney General of Federation (AGF) for creating a leeway for the Senate President to escape.
Omotayo said even a new wig just called to the bar cannot go and file proof of evidence in a criminal matter of such without the statement of the accused person and investigation report.
Omotayo said the case should have been investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau but in the instant case, CCB in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Department of State Security.
He agreed with the Tribunal that the investigative team was strange to the constitution and also to the Act, establishing the CCB and CCT.
“There was no report of investigation. The statement of the accused person was not tendered in court. It shows that the AGF is not capable of successfully prosecuting corruption cases in Nigeria.
“You see that the charge was filed by office of AGF. The purpose of Federal Ministry Justice taking over is because we believe they are capable. From what happened you can see the incompetence from the office of AGF.
“The purpose of AGF taking over case is to give in-depth research and professionalism to ensure success of the case. The result has shown that the people who filed the case are grossly incompetent” Omotayo said.
According to the CRRAN boss, there is no way you can file proof of evidence without statement of accused person, adding that it was gross recklessness and negligence on the part of AGF to file the charge without filing report of the investigation and statement of accused person.
He described the lacuna in the case as a calculated attempt by office of AGF to tactically create a leeway for Saraki to escape Justice.
Omotayo however stressed the need for competent hands in the Federal Ministry of Justice to ensure successful prosecution of cases, especially the ones bothering on corruption, which has remained the bane of development in the country.