The Abeokuta branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has backed the creation of special courts for corruption cases, in each of the 36 states, proposed by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The NBA branch chairman, Ibrahim Atanda, who made the call, in an interview with Rockcity FM, said the initiative by Nigeria’s Chief Judge, will fast-track the trial of corruption and financial crime cases.
Atanda, however, explained that Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, had designated two courts at the Abeokuta High Courts to handle such cases, even before the directive of Nigeria’s Chief Justice.
He asked the appeal courts to compliment the directive of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, by ensuring that cases refer to them from the special corruption courts, are quickly disposed of, to avoid unnecessary delays.
Already, the Chief Judge of Federal High Court has redeployed two federal high courts from Port Harcourt division, to the Abeokuta division, to handle corruption cases pending in the state.
The two federal high court judges are expected to resume at Federal High Court, Abeokuta, October 23.