The Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) has urged the federal government to fight corruption in line with the rule of law.
Fighting of corruption should be just and not to be seen has witch hunting political opponents or target people who does not share similar views.
The NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, speaking at opening remarks of the 56th annual conference of the association in PortHarcourt Rivers state, with the theme “Democracy and Economic Development” said any attempt by government to fight corruption with backhand tactics would mean using graft to fight graft.He, however, added that the association would not support any act of taking what belonged to a man and give it to another man.
“We stand with the government in its fight against corruption; we recognise that our country is bedevilled with corruption, but we believe that corruption should be fought according to the law.
“Any attempt to fight corruption with backhand tactics will mean using corruption to fight corruption. If the fight against corruption is to collect what belongs to one man and give it to another man, then count us, the NBA out,” Alegeh stressed.
The NBA president also condemn the recent conflicting judgments by the judiciary on similar matters, describing it as embarrassing and shameful to the association
“We are embarrassed by the conflicting court judgements delivered by judges on similar matters. We call on the Chief Justice of the Federation to address this issue,” he added.
Alegeh also appealed to the National Human Rights Commission to look into the problem of 60 per cent of prison inmates awaiting trial for many years rather than delving into matters concerning politicians and oil spills.