Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Tuesday, honoured with the title of ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador’ to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
National Assembly Liason Officer, of the EFCC, Suleiman Bakari, officially decorated Ekweremadu when he led a team of the anti-graft agency on a courtesy visit to the National Assembly.
Bakari was quoted to have said: “As an Anti-Corruption Ambassador, It is therefore Your Excellency, to on behalf of my Acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti-Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly.”
Uche Anichukwu, the Special Adviser on Media to the Deputy Senate President quoted him to have said: “I have been an advocate of special courts for the trial of corruption cases and I believe that other countries, who have enacted laws establishing such, are not fools because there are benefits to be derived there from.”
“The idea is to expedite trial to make sure that those who are involved in corruption matters will have their day in court. When we have special courts, just as we have the National Industrial Court, such courts will do better than they are doing now.”
“The establishment of special courts is not just something that will be done by an Act of the National Assembly. We have to amend the constitution to bring it about under section 6, for the purpose of trying corruption cases.”