Senate seeks reform of EFCC, orders anti-graft agency to stop media trial of suspects
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Senate seeks reform of EFCC, orders anti-graft agency to stop media trial of suspects

- Nigerian Senate has asked the FG to reform the EFCC to be more effective

- The chairman of the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes, Senator Suleiman Kwari, advised the EFCC to stop the media trial of the suspects

- The senator told the commission to carry out a thorough investigation before an arrest is effected

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Senate has called for the reform and rebranding of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes in the country.

Legit.ng recalls that the call was made on Tuesday, October 6, by the Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes in Abuja.

Speaking at the commencement of the 9th Senate legislative anti-corruption strategy implementation session at the National Assembly complex, the chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Kwari, expressed the desire of the upper legislative chamber to see a reformed anti-graft agency.

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Kwari said that 99% of the investigation should be done before an arrest is effected, adding that media hype must stop.

Senate seeks reform of EFCC, orders anti-graft agency to stop media trial of suspects

The Senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes meets officials of the EFCC in Abuja. Credit: Facebook/EFCC.
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He said if the EFCC wants to be effective, the media trial must be jettisoned, advising the operatives to do their work and let the work speak for them.

The senator disclosed that the 9th Senate was determined to see that there was a constant flow of information and engagement between the Senate and the EFCC.

A former governor of Sokoto state and deputy chairman of the committee, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, expressed concern on the commission’s lean budgetary allocation for legal fees, noting that there must be adequate provision for legal fees in the EFCC budget for effective prosecutorial activities.

In his address before the committee, the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mohammed Umar Abba noted that the commission has earned the confidence and trust of Nigerians because of its unblemished professional disposition.

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He said:

“The EFCC is doing remarkably well above all other law enforcement agencies in the country and that is why the UNODC and National Bureau of Statistics in the 2017 survey they conducted ranked EFCC as the most effective government agency in Nigeria."

He disclosed that the commission has recorded 646 convictions and recovered over N11billion in monetary assets this year, despite the restriction imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reacting to the senators’ enquiry on the state of seized vehicles by the commission, Abba expressed pain at the deteriorating state of assets in the custody of the EFCC.

Abba added:

“We are working on this challenge and I am sure the attorney general of the federation is coming out with a gazette so that this issue will be a thing of the past, not only vehicles, but landed properties."

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Other members of the Senate committee present at the session are: Senators Michael Nnaji, Aliyu Abubakar, Kola Balogun, Abba Moro, Abubakar Yusuf and Dauda Binos Yaroe.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former Ondo state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Clement Faboyede, on Tuesday, October 6, complained to a Federal High Court in Lagos that the EFCC paraded him like a thief in 2016.

It was reported that he testified during his trial for allegedly laundering N500million in the build-up to the 2015 general election.

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