By Joel Gomiyar

A former Plateau State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Clement Dakas has advocated the review of the absolute immunity for executive officials in the Nigerian.

Mr. Dakas, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria wants "restrictive executive immunity" for Presidents, Governors and their deputies instead of full protection from investigation and prosecution.

Absolute immunity he said has led to abuse of power by office holders.

"The immunity is gradually transforming into impunity, there by undermining the fight against corruption in the country," the legal luminary said at a Public Lecture in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Dakas who is also a university Professor however faulted the ambiguity of section 2 of Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act  in its definition of "corruption" which simply highlights "bribery, fraud and other related offences".

"However, the act, in section 8 to 26, criminalizes several corrupt practices such as accepting gratification, corrupt offers to public officers, fraudulent acquisition and receipt of property, etc, in more specific terms". He said.