In spite of the media jamboree that often herald the invitation and arraignment of suspected politically-exposed looters in court, more often than not in the history of probing corruption cases in Nigeria, at the end of the day, none of the suspects gets convicted and sentenced to a prison term. With President Buhari’s commitment to fighting corruption to a stand still, INFORMATION NIGERIA has in this piece done a review of 5 high profile corruption cases that did not end up in the conviction of the persons involved… here are the 5 case studies…
1. The trial of former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, has not even started seven years after it was filed in court. Atuche’s case, which started in 2009, was last November adjourned till February 16, 2016 just for “mention” by Justice Saliu Saidu.
2. A former Managing Director of the defunct Oceanic Bank, Mrs. Cecilia Ibru, who was convicted in 2010 for banking fraud, was sentenced to only six months imprisonment, a term she served in a highbrow hospital on Victoria Island, Lagos.
3. The trial of Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of Enugu State, which started in 2007 has yet to see the light of the day, nine years after. However, there is a likelihood that Nnamani’s case may start afresh now that the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, has been transferred from Lagos to the Enugu Division of the Federal High Court.
4. Saraki’s trial for alleged false assets declaration to the Code of Conduct Bureau has been stalled on account of Supreme Court’s order of stay of proceedings.
5. In Benin last year, Justice Abubakar Liman convicted a younger brother of a former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, Michael, of laundering N25bn belonging to the state. For the offence, Michael was sentenced to only two years imprisonment with an option of N3m fine and he of course chose the option of the fine.