Another Victory for Anti-Corruption Fight
The war against corruption in Nigeria recorded another victory as two ex-governors were convicted for misappropriation of public funds. Jolly Nyame who was convicted by a high court of the Federal Capital Territory to refund monies diverted and serve a jail term of fourteen (14) years for diverting N1.64 billion, while Joshua Dariye was also convicted to serve a jail term of fourteen (14) years for misappropriating N1.16 billion ecological funds while he governed the state between 1999-2007. This feat clearly shows that the fight against corruption and impunity is gradually becoming a reality and we hope to see more of this thread across board.
YIAGA Africa commends the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for this laudable stride for ensuring that justice prevailed despite the length of time involved. YIAGAAFRICA also commends Justice Adebukola Banjoko who deserves some accolades for dispensing justice without fear or favor. This shows that the fight against corruption can only succeed with the cooperation of the judiciary and sets a precedent for a string of similar pending cases.
The convictions of Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye are a good step in the right direction and would boost anti-corruption efforts and potentially help to speed up pending cases, with the diligence of the EFCC on prosecuting these cases. We are hopeful the nation will witness more convictions of former corrupt political office holders. YIAGA Africa also wishes to urge the Appeal and Supreme Court to ensure that justice prevails at all times to restore public confidence in the judiciary
Corruption is a deep rooted problem which has taken its toll on the government, people, infrastructure, business and life of the average Nigerian. The impact of corruption in Nigeria is felt by every layer of the population. People have to survive in the country where rules can be omitted if you have money and this has tremendously widened the gap between the poor and the rich which has led to lack of good roads and portable water, poor educational and health facilities. It is on this basis that YIAGA Africa launched the Bounce Corruption Project to among other things, urge Nigerians to support the anti-corruption fight by holding their leaders to account and blow the whistle where they detect a corrupt act.
YIAGA Africa wishes to implore the government of Nigeria and the EFCC to take it a step further by recovering these stolen monies and invest it in public service that will benefit the state.