Rawlings advocates for lie detectors in African courts

Rawlings advocates for lie detectors in African courts

Ghana’s former president Jerry John Rawlings has advocated for lie detectors to be a part of the African courts system.

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The once military ruler, said in order for truth to be told at all times in the court rooms, lie detectors were needed.

He was talking to Nigeria’s tabloid, The Guardian in an interview where he addressed concerns on African leaders and citizens who loot the state and deposit them in foreign banks.

He said: “Attaching lie detector tests to courthouses could go a long way in restoring the culture of truthfulness, justice and social stability. Time and money would be saved adjudicating on the issues.

"If only lie detector machines could be attached to the lying mouths of some of these so-called professional journalists and commentators, our society would stay focused and the lift-off in the society will also become inevitable. Any loss of lift will not undermine the stability of our society.”

Rawlings tasked Western leaders to tackle the corruption canker by adopting proactive measures in their campaigns.

He called on the developed countries who served as havens for the looting to repatriate those funds.

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He commended the efforts of Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari at fighting corruption.

Rawlings said: "I also implore the international community to join the chorus for the return of the loot, especially to a country like Nigeria while she enjoys the leadership of a proven man of integrity."

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