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Ex-public officers jittery over planned special courts for corruption cases

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Key players in the former President Goodluck Jonathan administraion are jittery over President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned special courts for treasury looters, it has been learnt.

The officials are looking for “safelanding”for themselves and their proxies to avoid trial.

The preferred options, sources close to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said, may include the refund of what they inappropriately acquired while in office.

Plea bargain is also said to be on the cards as some of the officials were ex- functionaries of key federal government ministries, agencies and parastatals.

A party source said many of the lobbyists served in the petroleum ministry and some of its agencies.

Others are former operators at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), federal revenue board and some maritime agencies, among others.

Media reports indicated that the president may initiate a bill for the establishment of special courts to try corruption cases.

The proposed bill would require the approval of the National Assembly.

 

It was also reported that the President might have, through the National Judicial Council (NJC), directed the screening of judges to pick the most suitable among them to serve on the special courts.

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