As It Is In Lagos, So It Is In Edo
In the Nigeria of today, no state can claim ‘holier than thou’ in terms of corruption, and corrupt practices. The level of financial corruption varies due to the economic situation of the state and not in any way related to their morality or good conscience.
In a clear perspective, if a police officer, for instance, is demanding an illegal settlement from a culprit in Ekiti state, the amount would be lesser as compared to a similar situation in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, or Lagos.
After going through ‘the revelations of Fisayo’, I was nonplussed by the fixation of Nigerians on #IkoyiPrison and the High Court in Lagos. Picking out a scapegoat while the herds of goat that are also suffering the same infection is not a good way to curb the spread of an epidemic, except perhaps, I am ignorant of the current disease culture mechanism.
But then, this is Nigeria; we have a reputation for doing things like a people that think with their anus.
Just as Fisayo pointed out in his report, with respect to the illegal bail system at the High Court in Lagos, the same bail racketeering is happening in Edo State High Court.
Sometime last month, in a conversation with a church member whose son had his day in court on some alleged charges, the man said he was shocked when he brought someone to bail his son, and he was told the man did not meet the conditions. He said the man was a senior civil servant, he had properties with the ‘C of O’ in the state, and also brought his financial statement.
Yet, the clerk scanned through the documents and said the man cannot stand as a surety for the bail application.
It got interesting when they told him that there is someone that would stand for him based on a ‘special arrangement’.
He said he was even more disappointed when his lawyer, a fellow Christian brother, told him ‘that is how they do it’. And then they called the arranged surety who charged them three hundred thousand naira, which was later negotiated to a hundred and fifty thousand naira!
That was not all. When the case was transferred from one courtroom to another, the man came again and demanded a fresh settlement of one hundred and fifty thousand naira. He said he was so angry and bluntly refused to make another payment. Until he was pressured by the lawyer to pay the surety an additional seventy-five thousand naira.
For those thinking Fisayo’s report was exclusive to Lagos, you will soon find out when you fall victims, or someone close to you becomes a victim.
Now that the Judiciary is bereaved of Justice, what then is the hope of society?
This calls for serious concern!
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IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.