By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has asked the Judiciary to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing war against corrupt judges. He said even though the Judiciary might have some reservations with the method being adopted in the fight against the source as it affects some judges, it should appreciate that what is being done is needed.
Ribadu, who made his position known in his opening remarks at Radio Nigeria Annual Lecture in Abuja, said it was time for an all-out war against corruption without sparing any sacred cow.
“Though there is consensus about the need to stop corruption, it is usually in fighting it that disagreement usually arises. With fighting corruption often comes ripples and discomfort as we have seen recently with the probes in the judiciary. It is normal. But we have to withstand the pressure and move on. We have passed the same road before.
“As at the time we started taking up some state governments, some of the governors felt we were overreaching ourselves. They ganged up to stop us but we persevered. Some of them even went to court but today that has been accepted as normal.
“It was similar with the case of the National Assembly, when we went after the then Senate President. Another example is our taking up of the Inspector-General of Police. Here was I and my colleagues, middle level and junior police officers taking on the IGP. It was unimaginable! The day that arrest was made it was like the sky would fall. But it came to pass.
“It is similar situation we are having today. However, even if we disagree with the method, we have to appreciate the fact what is being done is needed. The Judiciary should understand this and cooperate fully. We have to have this all-out war against corruption without sparing any sacred cow.
“If there is one area we need national consensus now, it is in supporting this effort to tackle corruption. As most of you know, I belong to the Law profession; I therefore share the concern of some of my colleagues.
“However, we should all resolve to support the government and those doing the work to get us through this phase.”
Ribadu said corruption is like termite which can destroy the nation’s economic structure.