Politics of repentance

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Assistant Editor [of Nigerian Tribune (http://www.tribune.com.ng/)], Niyi Adebimpe, writes on the recent confession of former Taraba State governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame, questioning whether his repentance on the alleged looting of Taraba’s treasury can earn him a pardon in the court of law.

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have jolted everyone with the news of the arrest and trial of former state governors many of whom have had a soaring reputation of an angel while in office. Among the number of former governors who were reportedly arraigned for trial by the anti-graft agency is Reverend Jolly Nyame who held forte in Taraba State while the Former Presient Olusegun Obasanjo-led Federal Government lasted. What perhaps makes Nyames case interesting to a critical observer is the seemingly admittance of the sundry allegations of corruption levelled against him by the Ribadu-led EFCC, judging by his resolve to return the looted fund.

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2 Responses to “Politics of repentance”

  1. Dominic says:

    Yeah … let them make all the plea bargains they can if it saves time and money but anybody who is found guilty should go to jail for a minimum of two years, I think.

    Also, the courts have to learn how to deal with these issues within a reasonable time. All these cases that last 8 years are unacceptable. The courts have to step up and be competent. Take a case, process, have a judgement in no more than 6 months. We need a transparent, working process that can give everybody confidence that justice will indeed be served sooner than later.

  2. Dominic says:

    These post-mortem EFCC developments are good for the nation. Beyond those, though, we need a more proactive solution to fighting crime. The entire process regarding how money is received and spent at every government level needs to be completely over-hauled. We need a transparent ssystem where the EFCC or an accounting watchdog can monitor and trace the movement public money every single day so that red alarms can be raised as soon as something goes wrong. An ICT solution is overdue.

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