He said contrary to generally held belief, adoption of plea bargaining in a criminal case was not tantamount to letting treasury looters off the hook.
He said there was wide misunderstanding about plea bargaining among Nigerians, whom he said needed to be educated about good side of the concept.
Justice Akaahs spoke late in Abuja on Saturday during a dinner and awards night organised by the International Dispute Resolution Institute 2017.
Akaahs spoke while responding to a lecture delivered by the guest speaker, Lindsay Jones, a professor of Law at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.
“There have been discussions about plea bargaining, but there are a number of people who feel that plea bargain is to let off the hook those who have embezzled our common wealth.
“But I think in the long run, instead of having so many people behind bars, perhaps it will help our economy, if they return what they have taken and we can tell them ‘go and sin no more’