Legal Practitioner Expresses Worry Over Strategy Being Used To Fight Corruption

Chima_NnajiA legal practitioner, Mr Chima Nnaji on Wednesday expressed worry over the strategy being used by President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption, advocating for a long term solution.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Mr Nnaji, who agreed with those who said corruption will fight back if you fight it, went on to note that “you don’t fight and succeed. You can denude or device strategies to remove oxygen from that social evil (corruption) and it will completely collapse”.

He likened the President’s strategy to the one used in fighting armed robbery, which according to him, Nigeria is yet to succeed in, because “when you say fight, the other opponent is on the other side with his own arms and ammunition prepared.

“So this is why I am worried about the strategy” adding that “the objective to construct, denude and degrade corruption is unassailable”, asking “if we are employing and deploying the right strategies”.

He warned that if strategies are not aligned with objectives, the desired results will not be achieved.

He further expressed worry over what will happen to campaign against corruption beyond the Buhari administration.

To buttress his points, Mr Nnaji gave an example with the fear Lagos residents have for the Transport Management Authority officials also known as LASTMA, saying that motorists respect traffic rules when the officials are on the roads but don’t when the officials are out of sight.

He went further to state that “one of the major instruments of social control that doesn’t go far is the instrument of fear because it requires the eternal presence of the object of fear for it to be effective”.

He advocated for a sustainable plan in the campaign against corruption that will outlive the Buhari administration, maintaining that “everybody wants corruption to go because it has held us hostage for too long”.

He maintained that the campaign by the Presidency is “timely” and also warned those in positions of authority not to do the crime, if they can’t do the time.

Videoed LASTMA Official Is On The Run But We Will Get Him – Fashola

The official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) caught on video camera negotiating a bribe from a motorist is on the run.

Governor Babatunde Fashola made this known at the re-launch and induction of the Special Traffic Mayor Corps in Ikeja where he gave an assurance that the corrupt official, who has been declared wanted, would soon be apprehended and made to face the law.

“That fellow in LASTMA, I am told is on the run, we have declared him wanted and we will get him. Be sure about that, we will get him, and as soon as we do, we will give him all his rights and he will have his day in court.”

Admonishing the elite group of LASTMA officers, Governor Fashola reiterated that the primary purpose for the establishment of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority was to keep Lagos traffic moving. He insisted that the process of arresting any erring motorist should never be made a priority ahead of the primary assignment.

He reminded the officers that if traffic was kept moving, the quality of life of the average citizen would improve as less hours would be spent in traffic and more money saved by the motorists and commuters on the roads.

Mr Fashola also commended the medium through which the LASTMA official was indicted, saying “I want to salute the citizen that got that video for us on his camera, we must name, we must shame and we must use that kind of medium to fish out all the bad eggs in our society, give them a face that the public can see, and bring them to justice.”

Channels Television showed a video footage of the LASTMA official extorting money from a motorist for beating a red light and the video has continued to generate reactions from many Nigerians.

The video was sent to the station by the victim of the extortion via Channels Television’s iWitness Mobile Application which was developed to encourage Citizen Journalism among the public.


VIDEO: LASTMA Official Caught On Tape Collecting Bribe

An official of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) has been caught red-handed demanding bribe from a motorist who is suspected to have broken the Lagos traffic law deliberately to expose corrupt law enforcement agents in the state.

The motorist, driving on Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos state, was stopped at the Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant junction, recorded an amateur video and sent it to the iWitness platform of Channels Television.

The yet-to-be identified LASTMA official accused the motorist of beating the traffic light.

As penalty, the motorist was charged the sum of N8,000 and was escorted to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to withdraw the cash to settle the officer.

It will be recalled that a police officer, Chris Omeleze, caught on film soliciting for inducement by an unknown motorist was dismissed by the Nigerian Police Force.