Fillers emerging from the Presidency have it that the Federal Government might be planning to submit an anti-graft bill that rules out the option of fine for people convicted of corruption to the National Assembly,
According to the Punch, which reported the news, the bill, which is aimed at ensuring that only proportionate punishments are meted out to very important persons convicted of corruption, will be sent to the National Assembly before the end of the first quarter of the year.
Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has also confirmed that a new bill was in the works. Okupe said, “I am aware that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Justice is preparing a bill on the administration of criminal justice, which I believe will soon be submitted to the National Assembly.
“Are you aware that if a case is going on at the high court and the judge is promoted and a new judge comes, the case will start afresh? What kind of justice is that? These are the issues that need to be corrected.