PACAC wants citizens living beyond means probed

EFCCEMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory  Committee against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to extend its crusade against corruption to ordinary citizens.

Speaking at a workshop at National Judicial Institute in Abuja, he  advocated that the “burden of proof” should be shifted to the public
servants who live beyond their legitimate means to justify their earnings.

“The EFCC may not prove that you own the money or assets, but if you  cannot prove that you won a lottery or your father left you an
inheritance, the state can seize the property,” Owasanoye stated.

Meanwhile, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs of the Supreme Court has urged the government to sustain the political will to fight corruption.

He was speaking at the workshop in Abuja where he commended the asset recovery proceedings of the EFCC and rated the performance of the commission as one of the most active government agencies in recent times.

The two-day workshop concluded late Tuesday.

PACAC, in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute, organized the workshop themed “Role of Judges in the Fight against Corruption.”

– CAJ News

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