ICPC boss urged to be good ambassador of legal profession
Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has been urged to be a good ambassador of the legal profession by ensuring court proceedings are not falsified or misrepresented on the Commission’s official news handle.
Owasanoye, who is a 1984 second-class upper graduate of Law from the University of Ife, is now a professor of law.
Making this call, a broadcast industry watcher, Dr. Yemi Anthony, noted that the commission under the watch of a legal luminary is already flouting the law by misleading the public, on its website, by distorting court proceedings.
According to him, what ICPC reels out after each court sittings in the ongoing trial of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was often fraught with inaccuracies.
Anthony stressed that there is a variance between what really takes place in the court and what is churned out to the public from where many news outlets pick their stories.
He said: “Part of the rule of law is not to engage in media trial but where such matters had to be brought to public knowledge, it must at least be accurate. A situation where daily proceedings of courts are twisted and stuff added to them to sway the public, justice will not have been served. I expect a professor of law to be thorough in ensuring accuracy.”
Citing an example, Anthony said former minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has never said he was misled in paying Pinnacle Communications Limited (PLC), noting that it was the impression the commission painted through its reporting on its official news handle.