Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu says he has nothing against lawyers and judges in the country, only the few bad eggs.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC boss said he never meant to question the integrity of Nigeria’s judicial officials, in his recent criticism of the activities of lawyers vis a vis suspected criminals on trial.
The EFCC boss said on Thursday that his comments, and activities of the commission, should not be interpreted to mean a blanket indictment of all lawyers and judges.
“There is no way one can make a blanket statement on the integrity of lawyers and judges. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers and judges on the African continent.”
“My worry is that the bad ones amongst them are giving the good ones a bad name,” he said.
Furthermore, Magu said the commission deeply appreciates the support of the ‘most conscientious, upright and patriotic members of the bar and bench (including defence counsel), leading to the commission’s unbeaten prosecution and conviction record’.
He however, vowed to track down and prosecute the corrupt members of the nation’s judiciary.
“There is no blanket condemnation of lawyers and judges but, the corrupt few will not be spared”, he added.