Nigeria: Lawmakers to Suggest Special Courts On Tax, Corruption to Buhari
Senators and members of the House of Representatives under the Anti-Money Laundering and Cyber Security Coalition are expected to meet and suggest to President-elect retired General Muhammadu Buhari the establishment of special courts that will deal with cases of tax evasion and corruption offences.
Chairman of the coalition, Senator Aloysius Etok (PDP, Akwa Ibom) who gave the indication in Abuja said the special courts, to be located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are to dwell solely on cases of tax evasion and corruption offences by companies, individuals and government officials.
The coalition, which is the biggest caucus of lawmakers from both chambers, said if established, the special courts would take off the burden of such cases from the regular courts and would also give accelerated hearing to such matters.
He noted that the special courts would give accelerated hearing to tax evasion and corruption, adding that both chambers of the National Assembly were already probing about 115 tax offenders.
The coalition is working in collaboration with agencies such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) among others to fight corruption in the country.