Senior advocate of Nigeria Mike Ozekhome has faulted federal government’s release of names of alleged looters of Nigeria’s treasury.
The Nigerian government had last week named persons alleged to have embezzled the federation account, particularly during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
But Ozekhome says the people whose names are on the list have been in court and that the government has not been able to prove their cases.
“In any case, many of these people whose names were contained in the list already have their cases in court,” he told Sun newspapers.
“These are people that the same government filed charges against and they have not been able to prove any of the charges, some of them going to three years now.
“It is the same government through the EFCC, ICPC or police that is always asking for adjournment. So, what they are trying to do by doing this is to acquiesce the judiciary by painting the people corrupt so that the judge will say, ‘well, the executive has already said the people are corrupt so let us find a way to jail them at all costs.’
“So, it shows that they have maximum disrespect for the rule of law and for the judicial process, which they themselves indicated has commenced. But we are going to take some actions against Lai Mohammed and the Federal Government.
“Some of them will be contempt proceedings and some will be defamation action, because until a court of law proves a person guilty, you can never call him a looter as they have done to many Nigerians.