EFCC has no exclusive powers to tackle economic crimes — Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
PHOTO: Daily Trust
Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami PHOTO: Daily Trust

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said on Tuesday that the to fight against economic crimes is not the exclusive preserve of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

At a House of Representatives hearing on the raids of judges’ home Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Malami said the State Security Service, being one of several law enforcement agencies in the country, had the backing of the law to crackdown on sharp practices in public service.

“There is no provision in the Economic and Financial Crimes Act that gave exclusivity to the EFCC as far as crimes are involved,” Mr. Malami told the committee chaired by Garba Datti, a lawmaker from Kaduna State.

Mr. Malami’s appearance quelled a showdown that lawmakers promised would ensue if he failed to honour the committee’s invitation today.

After Mr. Malami was absent for two consecutive days last week, lawmakers threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest.

For the most part of the session Tuesday, the nation’s top law officer sparred with lawmakers about the legality of the SSS’ raids of senior judicial officers’ homes last month.

Even though legal scholars remain divided about the legality of the unprecedented action by the SSS, Mr. Malami stated in no uncertain terms that the constitutionality of the clampdown was not up for debates.

Mr. Malami said the functions of the EFCC, SSS, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, the police and other security agencies are interspersed as far as criminal cases are concerned.

“In most cases, these offenses cut across jurisdictions and many of them could have elements of economic crimes or even elements of terrorism,” Mr. Malami said. “Some have elements of narcotics and other associated crimes in them.”

“Therefore, there is no exclusivity as far as the powers of investigation are concerned,” Mr. Malami said.

The AGF said Nigeria’s criminal laws enabled all law enforcement agencies to collaborate on most cases, a provision he described as “good, fine and okay.”

In a nationwide sweep on October 7, the SSS raided the homes of judges, including two judges on the Supreme Court.

Critics raised questions about the legality of the raids as well as the dangers of allowing a department that was hitherto known for keeping strictly internal intelligence orders.

Mr. Malami immediately justified the actions of the secret police, a position he has maintained.


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  • Mamman

    Way to go…AGF Malami. Your submission is ok, good & fine. Arm Chair critics will do lots of good for themselves & the society if they could just leave their comfortable arm chairs and go to the library once in a while to research. That will be the day, I tell you.

  • Rote

    Pipeline line vandals for example can be arrested by the Police, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Civil Defense or even the DSS. The most important thing is for the criminality or corruption to be killed before it killed all Nigerians. May be OBJ is right after all on the composition of elements in our law making chambers!

  • thusspokez

    List of Nigeria’s law enforcement agencies:

    1. Nigeria Police Force;
    2. Department of State Security Services;
    3. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission;
    4. National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons;
    5. National National Drug Law Enforcement Agency;
    6. Intelligence Agency;
    7. Nigeria Customs Service;
    8. Defence Nigeria Immigration Service;
    8. Nigeria Intelligence Agency;

    Malami’s response would indicate that he sees no rationale for the creation of these separate institution; and in typical Nigerian reckless and unruly manner, “ANYTHING GOES”!

    • Burbank

      Under your Jonathan, none of the above functions!

      • thusspokez

        I don’t have time for silliness, so piss off before I block you.

        • Burbank

          Can’t counter my facts, again.

    • Observer

      Senseless post, take it to your 5 year old nieces and nephews. Lol

  • Burbank

    Who cares who is arresting those criminals, as long as they are arrested and more importantly, prosecuted!

  • thusspokez

    “There is no provision in the Economic and Financial Crimes Act that gave exclusivity to the EFCC as far as crimes are involved,” Mr. Malami told the committee chaired by Garba Datti, a lawmaker from Kaduna State.

    Malami is not making any sense: He refers to “crimes” instead of economic and financial crimes” — which is what the contention is all about.

    He also avoided providing proof that the SSS has the mandate to fight economic and financial crimes, but because he can’t, he chose to make a rather silly argument: Not even the Nigeria police — Nigeria’s oldest law enforcement agency — has exclusivity to enforce crimes. If it did, no other law enforcement agency would be necessary or created.

    • Burbank

      ‘Malami is not making any sense: He refers to “crimes” instead of economic and financial crimes” — which is what the contention is all about.”

      Economic and financial crimes are still crimes. And he never said that the NPF has “has exclusivity to enforce crimes” but you did and tried to put your words into his mouth!

      • thusspokez

        Your problem — as your response would indicate — is that your understanding of the the English language is poor hence you inability to understand what I had written. It may well be that the comment is too intelligent for you to understand. BTW I have already warned you that I don’t have time for people like you and wish that you would cease to respond to my comment.

        • Observer

          Just listen to your self Mr. Over sabi. You are warning him because he countered your ignorance of misplaced understanding.. The corrupt judges has committed financial and other related crimes, instead of him mentioning them one by one , crime becomes the easiest way to communicate it to the law makers, and I’m glad they got the message. Sorry ehn, just add this to your leanings

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Just re-read the news item carefully, particularly the portion where Malami listed the security agencies that could handle criminal issues, so that you don’t disgrace your knowledge of the man’s response.

    • Dualpolemedia

      How do you describe bribery? A crime or what?

      • thusspokez

        If you are asking me this silly question, then obviously, you have not understood my comment. Read it and try to understand what it means. It is not rocket science, but simple English text.

  • Decimator

    Signs of seriousness in governance indeed; If we should assume that it is as Malami stipulated above, what has prevented him and the DSS from arresting and prosecuting Muhammadu Buhari for lying under Oath over his false declaration of the WAEC Certificate he never had, since the police till date could not act on such high level case bordering on criminality?

    • Burbank

      All your WAEC fallacies had all been thrown out of courts!

      • Decimator

        You are now trusting the same corrupt Judiciary that should to be clamped down, what a contradiction?

        • Burbank

          Some, not all.

          • Decimator

            Then I would like to remind you that the same demonized justice Adeniyi Ademola was the presiding judge, who had to under circumstances strike out the Mohammadu Buhari’s WAEC certificate case, following pressure from your self-acclaimed man of Integrity Mohammadu Buhari on the prosecuting lawyer, that led to the withdrawal an literally truncation of the case.

            Truncation of justice by Mohammadu Buhari being another high profile case bordering on criminality coupled with lying
            under oath over possessing a WAEC certificate he never had, translates to the Oval office being occupied by a person with two high profile cases bordering on criminality, but contrary to the assertion of Malami above, was never arrested
            or prosecuted by the DSS or Malami.

            That notwithstanding, you are now with all pleasure trusting the same purported corrupt and demonized justice Adeniyi Ademola for not being corrupt in striking out the Mohammadu Buhari’s WAEC certificate case under circumstances, Perfect
            Contradiction.

          • Burbank

            Ademola was only 1 of 13 WAEC court cases that was thrown out!

          • Decimator

            Thrown out that Mohammadu Buhari presented the WAEC certificate he vowed under oath to posses?

    • Observer

      Where is your own WAEC result? Show us na?

      • Decimator

        Just make your arguement if you have one OK.

        • tundemash

          Show us your certificate and stop beating about the bush !

  • Observer

    Nice one, lecture the dead minded lawmakers, they know nothing but to pad budgets.. Oloshis

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      But if memory is correct, the presidency padded the Budget 1st.

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    Even the US has an agency for a specific crime task. In Nigeria every agency doing the same Job. Then lets shut down the Police, EFCC, ICPC and Navy, seeing as the Army have taken over the Navy’s and Police jurisdictions and the DSS has taken over the ICPC, EFCC and Police Financial crimes and SFU jurisdiction. Unnecessary waste of money funding duplicating agencies.

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    • thusspokez

      In Nigeria every agency doing the same Job. Then lets shut down the Police, EFCC, ICPC and Navy, seeing as the Army have taken over the Navy’s and Police jurisdictions and the DSS has taken over the ICPC, EFCC and Police Financial crimes and SFU jurisdiction.

      Unsurprisingly, many a poster here seem to support the mingling of the law enforcement agencies or don’t find anything wrong with it. What a bunch of nincompoops.

      How this Nigerian government runs things reminds me of some Nigerian-run businesses: Under one roof and one office, they run Internet cafe, Money transfer, Barber, Hair weaving, Manicure, and also serve as clothes shop, and even food. And only the Nigerian would see this as a very clever arrangement.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        “”””How this Nigerian government runs things reminds me of some Nigerian-run businesses: Under one roof and one office, they run Internet cafe, Money transfer, Barber, Hair weaving, Manicure, and also serve as clothes shop, and even food. And only the Nigerian would see this as a very clever arrangement.”””””” LOL so true and well said.

  • Man_Enough

    The ineptness lack of adequate training and intelligence of the police force caused this proliferation and the splintering of law enforcement agencies. The scotland yard can handle any crime from traffic to terrorism.