Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has attributed the catalogue of cases lost by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to lack what he called “staunch ogbologbo” lawyers.
He said that the EFCC ought to have strong and versatile lawyers within the Commission instead of the practice of contracting cases to outsiders.
The “Staunch ogbologbo” lawyers will engage in thorough investigation and prosecution of suspects to enable the Commission win its cases, he said.
Obasanjo spoke on Sunday while hosting members of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun Chapter, at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta.
He said: “I was reading today when the President Muhammadu Buhari said the EFCC should stop losing cases.
“They lose cases for a number of reasons. “One, they engage more of outside lawyers. I believe that they need staunch, `ogbologbo’ lawyers inside that will do the work.
“If I am a lawyer and I want the opponent to win a case, what I will file will be `wishy washy’. And if I file a `wishy washy’ case, the opponent will see the loophole and he will get out of it. I believe that it is important.
“Secondly, thorough investigation is very important. Now, investigation must be thorough, it must be proper and it must be really taken seriously.
“Third, our judges must be committed in fighting corruption. “They must be committed to fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have `ogbologbo’ lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.
“So it is a line: investigation, prosecution and the judiciary. If there is weakness along this line, chances are that corruption cases will continue to be lost.”