The Progressive Lawyers Forum, a group which has offered the incoming government its services to help the various agencies vested with the powers to fight corruption has offered to do so “free of charge”.
Silas Onu, the group’s national coordinator who spoke on Thursday saying; “To demonstrate our commitment to support the fight against corruption, we have resolved to offer pro-bono legal services to all government agencies,” he said.
He said the agencies concerned can take advantage of the offer to cut down the high cost of prosecuting corrupt persons.
“There are too many thieves that need to be made an example for prospective ones to learn from, therefore the cases on corruption may overwhelm the internal lawyers of these agencies,” Mr. Onu said.
He also called on the attention of the president-elect to halt corruption in the country and also removing the constitutional immunity presently protecting sitting public servants from facing corruption charges.
The group, which is also a branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its legal team, said the incoming National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly should seriously consider the urgent need to remove the immunity clause from the constitution.
“This has allowed a window to disregard our laws and encourage impunity,” Mr. Onu said.
He asked the president-elect, Gen. Buhari, to be circumspect in appointing the heads of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission.
He urged the president to go for fearless individuals with clean records.