It said in part, “Although the law provides criminal penalties for conviction of official corruption, the government did not implement the law effectively, and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity. Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security services. The constitution provides immunity from civil and criminal prosecution for the president, vice president, governors, and deputy governors while in office.”
The report likewise blamed the tasks of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in arraigning debasement allegations. It said the Commission neglected to pursue fair treatment. It referred to the instance of the beset previous National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, who has been in care of the Department of State Services (DSS) since 2015, in spite of court orders requesting his discharge. The report recorded the most noteworthy human rights issues amid the year to include:
“Extrajudicial and arbitrary killings; disappearances and arbitrary detentions; torture, particularly in detention facilities, including sexual exploitation and abuse; use of children by some security elements, looting, and destruction of property; civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy evidence, denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases involving violence against women and children; trafficking in persons; and early and forced marriages.”
The report additionally scolded Nigeria’s legal framework, saying it was endangered amid the period under survey. The US said the official and administrative arms of government kept on meddling with the legal. It added, “Although the constitution and law provide for an independent judiciary, the judicial branch remained susceptible to pressure from the executive and legislative branches. Political leaders influenced the judiciary, particularly at the state and local levels.
“Understaffing, underfunding, inefficiency, and corruption prevented the judiciary from functioning adequately. Judges frequently failed to appear for trials. In addition, the salaries of court officials were low, and they often lacked proper equipment and training. There was a widespread public perception that judges were easily bribed and litigants could not rely on the courts to render impartial judgments. Citizens encountered long delays and received requests from judicial officials for bribes to expedite cases or obtain favorable rulings”
You will review that a couple of months back, the Presidency had uncovered that President Muhammadu Buhari would leave Nigeria for the United States of America. It was before revealed that President Donald Trump would have his Nigerian partner, Buhari in Washington on April 30th and that the gathering will center around “fighting terrorism” and “promoting economic growth.”
In an announcement marked on Friday, by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the administration said Buhari,“will leave Abuja on 28th April 2018, on an official working visit to the United States of America, on the invitation of President Donald Trump. President Buhari will have bilateral meeting with President Trump and a working lunch on Monday 30th April 2018.
“The meeting is to discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries and to advance shared priorities, such as: promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security. The meeting will further deepen the US-Nigeria relationship as the United States considers Nigeria’s economic growth, security and leadership in Africa to be critical aspects of their strategic partnership.”