Specially selected judges and dedicated courts are soon to be designated on a two-year experiment to exclusively handle corruption and economic crimes related cases, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Dahiru Musdapher has said. “Thereafter, jurisdiction to try such cases would strictly be vested in the Federal High Courts, which, administratively only those situated in Lagos and Abuja would thenceforth serve as pilot courts for the two-year experiment,” the CJN said.
Musdapher spoke yesterday in his chamber when the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Lamurde led Barristers P. H. Ogbole, N. A. Banjo, A. Basil, E. Akumayi and M Jibo visited him in Abuja. The CJN said to cope with this challenge, more judges would be added soon to the Federal High Court. “Let them hear these corruption cases day in day out for two years and let’s see,” he said, adding however that this judicial novelty can only be sustained if the EFCC and similar prosecuting agencies become pro-active in their investigation.