- The Global Forum for Accountability and Transparency has rejected the Salami-led panel's recommendation that the EFCC should be headed by non-police officers
- According to the group, the EFCC will be rendered ineffective if such recommendation is implemented
- Recall that the panel which probed Magu's alleged abuse of power recently submitted its final report to President Buhari
A group known as the Global Forum for Accountability and Transparency (GFAT) has faulted one of the recommendations reportedly put forward by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.
The panel recently probed the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over allegations of corruption and abuse of office.
In its final report, the panel allegedly recommended that the agency should henceforth be headed by non-police officers.
However, Daily Trust reported that that convener of GFAT, Joseph Ambakederimo, said in a statement on Sunday, November 22, that such recommendation was a ploy to weaken the anti-graft agency.
Ambakederimo claimed that the agency cannot carry out its functions effectively without the backing of the police.
He alleged that the recommendation was being pushed by those who did not mean well for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and its anti-corruption efforts.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel had submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has also revealed the reason for setting up the panel to investigate the suspended acting chairman EFCC.
The president said he set up the panel in response to the serious allegations against the EFCC and its head, Magu.
He said that he appointed Justice Salami, a retired president of the Court of Appeal, via an instrument dated July 3, 2020, pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004), to head the panel.
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