THE PRACTICE OF PLEA BARGAINING AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ANTICORRUPTION CRUSADE IN NIGERIA
YEKINI ABUBAKRI OLAKULEHIN
Nigeria is a country with enormous natural resources. It is the wish of our creator that we should live in abundance and not in abject poverty. This is why one of the scriptural books had declared thus: And indeed, we have honoured the children of Adam, and we have carried them on land and sea, and we provided them with lawful good things, and have preferred them above many of those whom we have created with a marked preferment. 1 The above excerpt is just the natural order. The world we live in is just one of the worlds. The world of the animals has never been faced with the shortage of means of sustenance. Hence, our present conundrum is a product of our machinations. The brain behind our present predicament is the evil corruption which has eaten deep into the fabrics of our society. Corruption is every where2 . It is clearly and visibly written in the air. We are all victims of one corrupt practice or the other. Corruption is not peculiar to Africa. It is common to all governments and countries of the world. Its effects are more visible here simply because, the rate at which it is operated is beyond imagination and the enforcement machinery has been compromised especially recently with the increasing instances of plea bargaining introduced into its prosecution. This work will analyze the incidence the incidence of corruption in Nigeria, the havoc it has caused on the society and the attempts made by government at curbing it. The insurgence of plea bargaining in our criminal justice system will be considered and its effect on the anti-corruption crusade
THE POWER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
By Saidu Enagi, Asap West Africa Youth Ambassador
How the Post-2015 Architecture of Development Assistance (ODA) will Shape the Future of African Economy’’ x-rays the importance of infrastructural development in sustaining economic growth.
The well-researched work published by SPECULUM UNIVERSALIS examines the post-2015 agenda of Donor Agencies and their implications on economic development in Africa. Whilst emphasising the importance of foreign aid to developing countries, the research reveals the challenges confronting Donor Agencies within the African context. As a way forward, it recommends the need for stakeholders in the development sector to re-evaluate their strategies with the view to initiating sustainable development and eradicating poverty in Africa.
POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FUNDING AND THE LOOMING TSUNAMI OF POVERTY IN NIGERIA
It might sound somewhat banal but we need to be reminded of the observation of Marx that elections in class societies merely afford the masses once every four or five years the opportunity of selecting their executioners! Admittedly, contestants for political power especially in transitional societies and peripheral economies such as Nigeria are wont to indulge in the belief that they are operating on a level playing field where the most able or competent contestant would carry the day, the harsh lesson of history is that this is hardly the case since the shibboleth of free and fair elections is a mere camouflage for a process that looks more like a bazaar or casino where those with larger wallets and access to the necessities of life are more likely to carry the day as against those with superior ideas, better manifestos, and more interesting weltanschauung but lean pockets and material resources are wherewithal.
POST-2015 SDGs AND ECONOMIC RECESSION
With Nigerian economy under recession, a significant decline in domestic finance and private investment will frustrate the actualization and implementation of Post-2015 SDGs projects within the nation. Standing on the shoulders of Neo-liberalism, Nigeria needs to rectify those policy pitfalls that led to the recession otherwise SDGs aid will be what the United Nations’ distinguished macroeconomist, Professor Jeffery Sachs called, “money down the drain”. The aim of the paper is to figure out: (1) How did Nigeria get into the recession trap? (2) How important and strategic is the SDGs to Africa political economy: A development studies of the Nigerian state? (3) Way forward, Conclusion and Recommendation.
THE ARREST OF SITTING JUDGES BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS AND ITS IMPACT ON JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN NIGERIA
It is trite that the independence of the judiciary is a sine qua non for effective administration of justice. This presupposes that the judiciary and its machinery should be free from the control of other arms of government and any form of pressure that can hamper fair dispensation of justice. Though judicial independence is desirable, judicial accountability must also be ensured as it is said that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
In a bid to ensure judicial accountability, several sitting judges were arrested, detained and interrogated by the agents of State Security Service (SSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria recently. This article, therefore, seeks to assess the balance between judicial independence and accountability in Nigeria under the 1999 Constitution. The article shall argue that although judicial officers do not enjoy immunity, a harmonious construction of the Constitution dictates that sitting judges cannot be arrested/interrogated by executive bodies for malpractices arising from judicial conducts even where same fall under the Criminal Code.
WHO WILL DELIVER NIGERIA?
ARTICLE BY OLUWASEUN OLANREWAJU, (September 2014)
When Nigeria gained independence in 1960, the nation was in a jubilant mood after years of subjugation by the British colonial masters. For many, colonialism was an albatross to the Nation’s growth and development. To them, there was no way Nigeria could develop if she remained dominated by the colonial masters who were interested in Nigeria for selfish reasons. Hence, the only way Nigeria could attain the height of development and earn respect from the international community was to be independent and sovereign. Sovereignty meant Nigeria will be managed and governed by Nigerians.A Nigeria being ruled by Nigerians meant the end to oppression, discrimination, exploitation, and inequality that obtained in Nigeria prior to independence.
WHY AFRICA IS STILL POOR
Rethinking OFID Development Cooperation As a Vehicle For Socio-Economic Transformation In Africa
CNRJ-INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL EDITION ON DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
I once paid a courtesy visit to a friend Abdullahi Balarabe, living in the same street with former Nigeria Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo in Kaduna State, Nigeria. While waiting in the cab, the security guard went inside the apartment to give him a call; to keep myself busy, I picked up my Blackberry iPad and login into my Email account to see whether I have something new. I saw an awe-inspiring letter with the title “DEMANDING”. The letter reads:
POLITICALLY EXPOSED PERSONS: ISSUES AND MATTERS ARISING
AUTHOR: YEKU IBRAHIM E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The term politically exposed persons (PEPs) originated in the Swiss banking community and has been relevant within this sphere for several decades due to the high profile of many Swiss banking clients. The famous case of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos “Steel Butterfly and the Dictator” and millions in illicit funds hid in Swiss bank accounts highlighted the need for enhanced client due diligence and ongoing transactional screening when dealing with senior politicians, their associates, and families as clients. In Nigeria, the concept may be new in the sphere of public discuss and lexicon. However, the case of the late former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, a UK associated PEPs with approximately 18 financial vehicles and other legal entities who pleaded guilty to six counts of corruption during July 2007 and was convicted of six counts of fraud and false declaration of assets brought to the fore the inherent exposure to domestic PEPs risk.
ERADICATION OF POVERTY: A KEY FACTOR IN ACHIEVING SOCIAL JUSTICE
‘Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’
-Nelson Mandela (2005)
Social justice has remained a relevant topic of discourse on several fronts. Although, it is a matter of global concern, it appears to generate more interest in developing countries where justice is largely considered deficient due to inequality and poverty.Poverty has been identified as both a cause and a consequence of social injustice, as it deprives individuals of the necessities of a good life. Hence a need for its eradication, in order to liberate humanity and set the world on course to a better future.