Oyo Anti-corruption Agency Seeks Autonomy To Prosecute Offenders

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The Chairman, Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA), Hon. Justice Eni Esan (Rtd.) has disclosed that legislative and legal processes are ongoing to enable the agency prosecute offenders.

She stated this during a sensitization and advocacy programme for the 2024 Batch A, Stream One Corps Members at the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Iseyin.

Justice Esan noted that OYACA had written to the Oyo State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Abiodun Aikomo for the amendment of the law that established the anti-corruption agency, for it to have the legal autonomy to prosecute.

The retired Justice added that it had already gotten permission from the Attorney-General of the State to send OYACA’s legal officers to court for prosecution of its cases.

“Efforts are ongoing for the agency to get autonomy to prosecute offenders under the State’s anti-corruption laws, we have written to the Honorable Attorney General of the State to help us go through the process of amending the OYACA LAW, to give us the power to prosecute our matters.

“But right now, the Honorable Attorney General has given us permission to send our own legal officers to court to prosecute OYACA cases, this will help in speeding up the legal process and we will be able to cover many cases after our usual investigations.”

The State Coordinator, NYSC, Mr Odoba Oche appreciated the intent of the State government to establish the anti-corruption agency, assuring OYACA that the corps members would be the advocates of anti-graft campaign in all the areas of the State where they will be posted.

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