“EFCC cell is like five-star hotel, and only billionaires have accessed to it”

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Retired Justice Olamide Oloyede of the Osun State High Court, who was sacked last year, 2016, for writing a petition against Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has railed at the manner in which corruption is being fought.

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Justice Oloyede made her view about the anti-corruption war known in an interview she granted Tribune where she said the approach adopted in the fight against graft was too expensive and difficult.

She said, “I made myself clear on the issue long ago at the Criminal Justice Reform Conference held in Abuja. Interestingly, the current President of the NBA, A.B. Mahmoud, was the anchor of the session in which Mrs Waziri the chairman of the EFCC at the material time delivered her paper.

“And I told them then that I do not believe in the way Nigeria, is fighting corruption. To me, it seemed ludicrous. Someone steals your N5000, you then spend N5million chasing after it. What kind of arithmetic or reasoning is that? EFCC’s budget keeps increasing annually. Nigerians are not getting any benefit. If the approach is working, there should be no more corruption in the land or it should have reduced to a whisper.

“…I told EFFC then and I am reiterating it now, your job is to stop people stealing our common wealth and taking it abroad and not to allowing them take it and start running around in circles, sending good money after lost causes. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be locked up in an EFCC cell these days? I hear it is like a five-star hotel. And all you get is a perfunctory slap on the wrists at the end of the day. It has even become fashionable. Only the billionaires’ club has access thereto.”

 

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