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Anti-corruption War and the Ambivalence of Legalism in Nigeria

Synonyms

Anti-corruption; Corruption; Criminal justice; EFCC; ICPC; Nigerian legal system

Definition of Terms

Plea bargaining:

This is a legal principle that allows both the accused and prosecutor to enter into agreements with the aim of getting lesser punishment in exchange for losing assets acquired through illegal means to the state

Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum:

Let justice be done even if heaven will fall

Corruption:

This entails illegitimate diversion and accumulation of public wealth by public officials

Anti-corruption:

A movement against corruption championed by the

government, international organizations, civil society organizations, and NGOs

Criminal justice:

The existing legal framework that guides and stipulates the necessary punishment for the prosecution of crimes committed by individual citizen

EFCC:

It is an acronym of Economic and Financial Crime Commission

ICPC:

It means Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission

Introduction

Corruption has become...

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Ojo, J.S. (2019). Anti-corruption War and the Ambivalence of Legalism in Nigeria. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3738-1

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