Saturday, February 2, 2013

News Review-N27bn pension thief arrested after public outcry


When I read this in the Punch Newspaper, I opened my mouth and whispered the sentence in surprise. Two years in prison or a N750 000 fine for a N27bn fraud. Puurrrlease! Spare me! This is when an American teenager says 'shut up' out of disbelief (like Georgina the queen bee in Mean girls 1 when she couldn’t believe that home-schooled Cady-Lindsay Lohan had never been to a real school). 

(I am not sure if it is N27bn or N32bn, different figures from different sources.)

Anyway, I wonder how the judgement was passed because sincerely I am confused here. Call it plea bargaining, Nigerians want justice! The question is: how does the sentence match the offence? The law is meant to aid justice, not abet corruption. That sentence only encourages corruption. If one could pay N750 000 for a N27bn crime, then crime is a profitable business.  You tell him it is two years in prison or a N750 000 fine, how do they even match for such a crime? The most ignorant person on earth would choose the latter; no one wants to spend a night in behind bars. Some are asking for Justice Mohammed Talba to be probed-sensible and expected. 

If the public outcry could make the EFCC re-arrest Mr John Yakubu Yusuf, the Deputy Director in the Police Pension Office; then Nigerians please‘cry’ more, if it will bring order to the country. Thank you EFCC for listening to us.
Lastly, I agree with the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Mallam Awual Musa as he advised  the judiciary to begin to redeem its image.


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