Corruption and Underdevelopment

ICPC boss urges NBA, lawyers to fight corruption with legal system

By Paul Michael

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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof Bolaji Owasanoye has challenged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and members of the association to play a pivotal role in the fight against corruption in the legal system.

Spokesperson of the Commission, Azuka Ogugua stated this on Monday while noting that the ICPC boss decried corrupt practices by members of the legal profession.

Bolaji-Owasanoye - NBA-ICPC

According to her, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, also hailed the impact of the anti-corruption agency in addressing corruption in the country, particularly the public sector and government finances.

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“Both Owasanoye and Amadi spoke at a breakout session of the NBA Annual General Meeting and Conference on the subject matter, ‘How Corruption Fuels Insecurity and Bad Governance: The Role of Lawyers in Tackling Corrupt Practices in Nigeria’ held at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“The ICPC boss, who decried corrupt practices by members of the legal profession, advised the leadership of the NBA to act swiftly and sanction members of the profession involved in corrupt practices.

“He questioned the middlemen role played by some lawyers for suspects involved in corruption, money laundering and illicit financial flows (IFFs) cases, describing it as unethical,” Ogugua stated.

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