SERAP urges Buhari to order prosecution of corruption cases

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to instruct the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, to take immediate steps to effectively prosecute high-profile corruption cases.

The organization also asked the president to direct Malami to publish details of the whereabouts of allegedly missing case files, as well as the status of prosecution of all the cases being handled by his office.




In the letter signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said the authorities’ failure to diligently and expeditiously prosecute high profile corruption cases amounts to a fundamental breach of constitutional and international obligations.




It added that continuing failure to prosecute these cases may create the perception of a deliberate effort to protect those considered to be very influential and powerful.






According to the organization the fact that these cases have been pending for several years suggests that your government has not carried out its public, constitutional and international obligations, including the obligations to show that no one is above the law as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.




SERAP said public interest demands that high-profile corruption cases are concluded within a reasonable time so that those guilty are punished and the innocent are set free.




It threatened to take legal action against the federal government if it fails to accede to its demand within fourteen days of receiving the letter.





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