The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, has ruled out prosecuting judges, lawyers and others involved in the alleged N9.4bn bribes in the judicial sector between 2018 and 2020.
ICPC had alleged that upon a survey, it discovered the sum total of N9,457,650,000.00 in bribe exchanged hands between the said period in the judicial sector.
But the commission is not contemplating pressing charges against those who partook in the vile act. This is according to a senior research fellow at the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, an arm of the ICPC, Dr Elijah Okebukola.
Okebukola in an interview he granted 99.3 Nigeria Info, said the survey was embarked on for data and information sake with the view to empower the commission to be proactive in its fight against corruption adding that the purpose was not prosecutorial.
“Every survey of this kind that gives you this kind of information and data does not give you the kind of data and information that you can use to prosecute anybody, so you cannot go to court and say you asked a number of lawyers their experience with bribery in the justice sector. That’s not the kind of evidence you want to approach the court with.
“That does not mean prosecution is not important, it is very important and nobody is above the law. But this kind of data certainly cannot lead to the prosecution of anybody; it can guide prosecutors in exercising their prosecutorial interventions. So, it wasn’t aimed at getting evidence to prosecute,” he said.