Islamic group calls for death penalty, special court for corrupt Nigerians

An Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has supported the call for the introduction of special courts to try cases of corruption.

The group’s support came as a result of the call made by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Mr. Umar Abba Mohammed, for the establishment of Special Courts to try corruption cases.

The Acting Chairman of EFCC made the call in Abuja, while receiving members of the Monitoring Committee of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), who visited him.

In a release issued by MURIC, Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group reiterated its support for special courts for corruption cases.

According to him, “Although the war on corruption has registered some convictions and scored victory in some areas, it is very glaring that many cases are being delayed in court courtesy of legal technicalities.

“Many certificated kleptomaniacs are still hiding under the indulging umbrella of legal razzmatazz to delay and consequently frustrate and escape justice.

“Special courts will remove such obstacles and ensure that cases are speedily and efficiently disposed of. We therefore reiterate our call for the establishment of special courts for trying those who steal public funds.

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 “Life imprisonment and death penalty may appear too radical but that is exactly what will scare rogues and fraudsters away from the Nigerian political landscape leaving room for honest and hardworking citizens who nurse a genuine wish to contribute their own quota to national development.

“Those who made it impossible for the jamahiir (masses) to enjoy the dividends of democracy deserve no mercy. Those who rob the masaakiin (poor citizens) of the opportunity to have access to life more abundant do not deserve to roam freely on our streets.

“Those who frustrated all efforts to make Nigerians enjoy 24-hour power supply but who themselves install four or five silent and powerful generators in their homes should not be allowed to use those generators. They should be thrown into dark dungeons and denied access to both daylight and electricity for life.

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