EFCC disobeying Nigerian law on ‘serious cases’ – Justice Minister

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that it must always submit to his office details of its investigations into ‘serious cases’.

He said the directive is in compliance with the Economic and Financial Crimes (Enforcement) Regulations, 2010.

The Cable online newspaper reports that the Justice Ministry made the request on Tuesday, via a letter dated August 1, and signed by a lawyer, Abiodun Aikomo.

According to the letter, the ministry accused the commission of failing to comply with section 10 of the said regulation and demanded compliance going forward.

“I am directed by the Honourable Attorney- General and Minister of Justice to refer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Enforcement) Regulations 2010 (the Regulation) published in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No.61 Vol. of 21st September 2010, particularly the obligations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC/the Commission).

“I am directed to refer specifically to Section 10 (1) which mandates the Commission to forward to the Attorney-General, in respect of a case of complaint which is serious or complex within the context of the Regulation, the outcome of its investigation(s) with its recommendations on whether there are sufficient grounds to initiate prosecution.

“The Honourable Attorney-General observes that the Commission has been in breach of the above cited provision of the Regulation for some time, hence this reminder to the Commission to ensure compliance going forward.

“Accept please, the assurances of the best of the Honourable Attorney General,” the letter said.

The EFCC is yet to react to the letter. Efforts to get the reaction of the commission on the matter failed.

The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, did not pick his call when contacted on the matter. He also did not reply text messages sent to him.

Also, the special adviser to the justice minister, Salihu Isah, could not be reached for comments.


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  • Owejah

    When APC was campaigning, they assured us of fighting corruption to a standstill. God, how did we miss our way to the extent of falling into the trap of this big oga for whom we did not vote but who is stronger than our president and who is a sworn hater of every effort at tackling corruption?

  • Sword of Damocles

    this just confirms that the choice of Malami as AG of Nigeria was a profoundly poor choice on the part of President Buhari. Other than sectional/provincial agitation , I can see no reason for the appointment of this man who is the champion of looters & betrayers. Imagine the EFCC put in the position(by Malami’s appointment) , where a natural ally of the EFCC(office of the AG & Justice ministerial office) CANNOT BE TRUSTED to act in Nigeria’s best interest against the enemies /looters of our treasury. The only reason Malami wants this information(case files of former governors) now, is that 2019 is around the corner, and a betrayer from Kwara state wants to be discharged & acquitted before then(just like the CCB farce), the worthlessness of the people that run the land of my father is IMMENSE & OVERWHELMING. There is absolutely no redeeming qualities to these folks. If satan has children, these would be his seed (they all bear the mark of the beats). Why is a man that has RUDIMENTARY understanding of common law, the attorney General of Nigeria?

  • Iniobong Pius Akpan

    Is there anything wrong in following laid down rules and regulation, why are we always glorifying individual instead of building a strong institution devoid of personal recognition of individuals. Magu must subject himself to rules and regulation setting up EFCC, he is not above the law, the reasons he has not been able to prosecute pending cases is because he operates as he feels not within the ambit of the law. The AG is right in bringing EFCC to follow rules and stop being the laughing stock of both local and international observers.

  • Sunmonu Tiamiyu

    “I am directed to refer specifically to Section 10 (1) which mandates the Commission to forward to the Attorney-General, in respect of a case of complaint which is serious or complex within the context of the Regulation, the outcome of its investigation(s) with its recommendations on whether there are sufficient grounds to initiate prosecution.

    This section is subjective. What make a case serious or complex depend on individual perspective. EFCC may reply and said they have not come across any complex case in the recent past.