• The presidency also said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration will not relent in the prosecution of the cases in court , adding that there was plan in place to invigorate prosecution of corruption cases with top lawyers. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande said Nigerians have not forgotten the severe damage caused the economy by the alleged rampant abuse of public trust and grand larceny that characterized the past administration. Akande, noted that those who were asking “our people to simply forget the blatant violation of public trust and the pillaging of the nation’s commonwealth witnessed in the past, are saying wittingly or otherwise that we should forget where the shoe actually pinched and pretend as if the social raping of the nation never occurred.” Continuing he rhetorically asked, “How can we do that? “We have a situation where a former first lady came out openly to claim over $171m found in her accounts and you think Nigerians will simply overlook that. “You have a situation where hundreds of billions have been recovered including the discovery of $43M cash in an apartment in Ikoyi, and you think Nigerians will simply forget that? He said it was mere wishful thinking to imagine that Nigerians would just forget all of “those colossal atrocities in the management and disbursement of public funds.” Asked on the progress of prosecution, Akande said there were tonnes of corruption cases arising from the conduct of the past administration, adding that such pending cases in the courts would hopefully benefit with establishment of special courts for the speedy trial of corruption and other criminal cases. He added that the presidency was beefing up the prosecution of such cases by planning to bring a number of senior lawyers with high integrity ratings to play active roles and lead the prosecution of some of the cases.


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