The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has revealed that difficulties in convicting corrupt Nigerians resulted in the seizure of assets by the federal government.
Sagay disclosed this while speaking at a workshop organised by the PACAC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) which held in Jos on Wednesday.
Sagay, who was represented by a member of the PACAC, Prof. Etannibi Alemika, described the nation’s judiciary as weak.
According to Sagay, “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.
“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.”
Speaking further, he noted that a situation where the promotion of values that abhorred hard work, accountability, transparency and commitment to common good had become the norm among Nigerians was not good for the country.
The professor of law also urged Nigerians to expose corrupt individuals in their communities.