SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Speedy Trial Of Corrupt Ex-Governors

SAN FRANCISCO, October 08, (THEWILL) – The Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project, (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to prosecute all former governors indicted in corruption cases.

The agency also asked the Federal Government to immediately prosecute serving governors who are involved in corruption cases, at the expiration of their tenure.

SERAP made the appeal in a statement issued by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, on Sunday.

According to the organisation, the delay of the trial of several former governors accused of corruption and money laundering in different high courts across the country gives a negative signal to the public that they are untouchable.

“The trial of several former state governors accused of corruption and money laundering have continued to linger in different high courts in the country,” the statement read in part.

“Some of the grand corruption cases involving former governors started in 2007 are yet to properly commence.

“The continuing delay in the prosecution of former governors alleged to have committed acts of corruption is a significant factor contributing to impunity of those engaging in grand corruption, thereby posing a serious threat to probity in public life, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”

SERAP, therefore, threatened to take legal actions if the Federal Government does not take over the cases of alleged corruption against past governors found wanting.