By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – The member representing Epe Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Segun Olulade has blamed the judiciary for the thriving of corruption in Nigeria.
He said unending prosecutions in high profile corruption cases in the country may prevent Nigerians from seeing a nation of their dream anytime soon.
Olulade, who is Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, stated this while reacting to what he described as “snail trials” concerning high profile corruption cases in the country.
The lawmaker explained that Nigerians are very pessimistic that justice will be done in the on-going series of trials of high magnitude crime, which has affected thousands of lives.
According to him, “it is disheartening that in spite of stern body language of President Muhammadu Buhari against corruption and criminal acts, the judiciary will determine whether the nation will witness a turn-around from the status quo whereby trials last endlessly without anyone becoming a deterrent for committing grievous offences against the nation and humanity.”
While pointing out that he does not believe in jungle justice, Olulade lamented that undue delay and manipulations of trials to create escape for perpetrators by systematic judicial delay of sensitive and celebrated cases are worse than the crimes committed by the actual culprits.
“I am still hesitant to say I have absolute confidence in Nigeria’s judicial system because the common man on the street defines confidence in the judicial system as ability to see a guilty person serve jail term like James Ibori is doing in London after been pronounced guilty, a situation that is yet to happen in Nigeria on any high profile and celebrated cases in the country.
“If we want a new Nigeria to emerge, the judicial system is a bridge to cross. There are fair judges and there are judges that are reputable for snail trying criminals in Nigeria. Nigerians are waiting for a nation that will be premised on fairness, justice and hope for every citizen.”