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Buhari Reportedly Approves Plan to Set Up Special Courts for Handling Tax Evasion & Corruption Cases

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According to a report by National Mirror, president-elect, Muhammadu  Buhari, has reportedly approved plans to have special courts for hearing tax evasion and corruption cases.

The courts will be set up in FCT and will deal with the aforementioned cases involving companies, individuals and government officials.

Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Cyber Security Coalition at the National Assembly, Senator Aloysius Etok, reportedly disclosed the news yesterday.

“We are confident that these courts will give accelerated hearing to tax evasion cases and other cases bothering on corruption,” he said.

Etok expressed optimism that the courts, when established, will take off the burden of such cases from the regular courts and give them accelerated hearing. He said that members of the House of Representatives and coalition of senators have already gotten approval from the president-elect to set up the courts.

He also revealed that the National Assembly is currently probing about 115 tax offenders.

12 Comments

  1. me12u

    May 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Another committee upon committee…Whats happens to the the EFCC and ICPC? Another avenue to compensate political loyalists with appointments. We are just tired.!!!!!

    • Godwin

      May 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      EFCC isn`t a court but an agency that takes a case to courts where the court can decide to kill the case if appropriately compromised so establishing a special court to accelerate cases is good news

    • charles

      May 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Please learn to read before dropping comments. The post clearly says “SPECIAL COURTS” and not “committees”. The special courts are to grant ACCELERATED hearing to corrupt cases as well as tax evasion cases. Thanks

    • AT LAST!

      May 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      CAN SOMEONE TELL THOSE CRIMINALS THAT THE GENERAL IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Meena

      May 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Yayy! I’m happy, thank God for his faithfulness, Love and kindness. He has heard our cries.

      Any tax lawyers out there??? Oya lets start migrating to Nigeria. Hustle go start to pay.

      Lmao when I realise that I’d have to go to law school and do NYSC, my yansh go just gum chair.

  2. zibaintl

    May 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    wetin be tax evasion court again?….so d courts wey we get no fit handle tax evasion matters?..abi EFFC and ICPC no de again to handle corruption? abi these bodies sef na corruptn demslves?..i think efcc n icpc shld b strengthened n bad egss removed rather dan new stuffs….God help NIGERIA

  3. Confuzzled

    May 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    But what about speeding up hearings duration at our existing courts, or working to increase their capacity in other ways? We already have judicial systems in place to address this so why double up on paying salaries, building facilities, etc? Seems counterproductive to me, especially in our current economy. I thought he was going to shrink government when he assumed office?

    • Confuzzled

      May 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      More questions: Is it in his power to unilaterally approve courts before he even assumes office? Where does the National Assembly fit into this? What is the legal backing for this? Surely a bill has to be written and signed in order to create this new system. Budget for 2015 has already been approved, where will funding for these courts come from? I am confused.

    • tunmi

      May 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      “Etok expressed optimism that the courts, when established, will take off the burden of such cases from the regular courts and give them accelerated hearing. He said that members of the House of Representatives and coalition of senators have already gotten approval from the president-elect to set up the courts.”

      Directly from the article

  4. Sunshine

    May 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Errm, those NASS members should be at the top of the list. Agbaje , Dezani, Nogozi of Harvard, Jonathan, mama peace, FFK, Jimoh Ibrahim , Okupe et. al, we are waiting for you to take a number.

  5. Drknite

    May 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This will be a great way to oppress the political opposition.

  6. auditor

    May 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Oh yea!!! My tax office has just gotten dat break we desperately need… Ok na.. Let’s go there

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