Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay has said that it amounts to effort wasted to put corrupt persons behind bars.
Sagay, who was represented by Etannibi Alemika, PACAC member, spoke on Wednesday during a workshop organised by the committee in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Jos, Plateau state. According to Punch, the chairman of the committee said after an evaluation, he discovered that jailing corrupt people in the country was “making no sense” due to the weakness in the judicial process.
He explained that the government rather works more on recovering stolen assets from people found guilty. He said while focus is placed on financial corruption, “the truth is that nepotism is a more serious problem”. Sagay also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his anti-corruption fight while calling on the public to alert relevant agencies about any acts of corruption.
“Corruption has primarily been fought by the Federal Government in the country. There is too much focus on financial corruption but the truth is that nepotism is a more serious problem,” he said. “After our evaluation in the fight against corruption, we discovered that jailing people is a desperate and wasteful effort. It is going to be difficult to have convictions because of the weakness in the judicial institution. And that is why we have concentrated more on asset seizure of corrupt people as the way to go,“he declared
Pix: Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay