Sagay heads presidential anti-corruption committee

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed a Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist, Professor Itse Sagay.

The Committee’s brief, according to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, is to advise the present administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

Other members of the Committee which is also expected to develop comprehensive interventions for achieving recommended reforms are: Prof. Femi Odekunle, Professor of Criminology, Ahmadu Bello University, Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Daudu, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Jos, Prof. E. Alemika, and Professor of Sociology, University of Jos.

Other members are Professor Sadiq Radda, Professor of Criminology, Bayero University, Kano, Hadiza Bala Usman, Civil Society Activist, and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, who will serve as Member/Executive Secretary of the Committee.

The statement added: “In support of the Federal Government’s efforts, an Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund has been established by three international development partners namely the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation.

“The $5 million fund is to assist implementation of key components of the Action Plan and the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee.

“The fund will be managed by Trust Africa, an international development Civil Society Organisation with programme presence in more than 25 African countries.” It stated

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