We obey all relevant laws, EFCC says; denies rift with Attorney General

EFCC operative used to illustrate the story
EFCC operative used to illustrate the story

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Ministry of Justice have denied having any rift despite internal documents that show that all is not well between them.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC denied having any rift with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The agency also said it complies with relevant laws in the discharge of its functions.

The commission however kept mum on a specific letter by Mr. Malami where he accused the EFCC of failing to abide by its enforcement regulations. Mr. Malami said based on the regulation, the EFCC is supposed to send outcomes of major cases it is investigating to his office.

“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),” Abiodun Aikomo from the AGF’s office said in the letter to the EFCC sourced by The Cable newspapers.

“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.”

According to the Section 10 of the compliance regulation referenced by the attorney general, the cases regarded as serious include the following: cases that have a significant international dimension; cases that involve a cost of N50 million and above, cases that involve allegations of fraudulent activities against numerous victims, among others.

When asked on Thursday about the content of his letter to the EFCC chairman, Mr. Malami simply said, “there is no rift,” between his office and the EFCC, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

In his statement on Thursday, Mr. Uwujaren did not specifically respond to the attorney-general’s claim but said the EFCC was complying with “all provisions of the law.”

“For the avoidance of any doubt, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to categorically state that it is compliant with all provisions of law and has no intention to stoke a misunderstanding over requests from the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice,” he said.

“Furthermore, the Commission’s mandate, operational philosophy and the conduct and pronouncements of its officials do not countenance any activity on the fringes of the law. It is therefore untenable for there to be any suggestion that the EFCC or the Commission’s principal officials are either in conflict with or readying for a “showdown” with the AGF or other officials of government.

“Any such “conflicts” being paraded in the media exist only in the apparently fertile imaginations of corrupt elements angling to knock heads together in furtherance of their own pro-corruption agenda.”

The anti-graft agency added that “The Commission wishes to underscore that the EFCC is a creation of statute and is operations and officials being as they are, guided by the firm, unambiguous provisions of those laws and regulations, are not and can never be in contravention of the law or opposition to constituted authority.”


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  • Daniel

    Should the EFCC be in the business of explaining this matter to the public or it ought to forward the details of high profile investigations and cases to the AGF?

    A constitutional matter has no short cuts.

  • Patrick Otobo

    Any discernible mind will know that Magu has something to hide, hence the reluctance to handover the case files to EFCC as demanded by the Chief Law Officer, Malami SAN. They have compromised the cases and in some cases destroyed the case files for monetary considerations. Same EFCC is refusing to abide by its own regulations. A clear case of breach of regulation has been established against Magu and he must be sanctioned. I have long dismissed him as a FRAUD!

    • Sword of Damocles

      you do realize that some of these files predate times when Magu was at EFCC? why is your “discernible mind ” (discerning mind) CHOOSING to believe that it is the EFCC that has something to hide, and not Malami? SAN? you have got to be kidding me, in Naija, “SAN” is the certification that a person is a criminal. are you a Naija? yes u are , you are acting/thinking like quite a few Nigerians unfortunately (lack of). Just people not worth fighting(BTW, that is what most of our leaders have concluded) Just not worth it, so abused that they support their oppressors. You also Swedish? look up Stockholm syndrome, you might have an “aha” moment

  • Patrick Otobo

    “The Commission wishes to underscore that the EFCC is a creation of statute and is operations and officials being as they are, guided by the firm, unambiguous provisions of those laws and regulations, are not and can never be in contravention of the law or opposition to constituted authority.”

    If the above assertion is true, why then is the AGF writing to remind MAgu to, going forward, comply with the regulation? What I expect Uwajuren to do is to present evidence that they have been complying with the regulation and not this bare faced lies he is publishing shamelessly. The essence of the regulation is to provide an oversight to the activities of the EFCC. Every person in position of authority needs oversight so that you don’t abuse your office and engage in excesses. Moreover EFCC exercise prosecutorial powers of the AGF and must abide by his regulations as spelt out in section 43 of the EFCC Act. Unfortunately Magu will hear none of this as he is an emperor supported by Osinbajo ( Mere Academic Lawyer), PACAC (Senile Professors) and rabble rousers like Femi Falana.

    • Bunmi Fabusola

      Malawi or Malami, whatever his name is, should leave efcc alone! I know the strategy that he’s trying do! Adoke & his predecessor, the attorney general, who graduated from University of Madiduguri! That man, with several exotic cars, in his backyard! What they did, was to ask efcc, to forward cases to the attorney general’s office and rewrite the efcc, to vacate a particular case or cases, after cornering biggie money under the table! The attorney general, will therefore, force efcc to discontinue on such cases! That’s how Adoke and his predecessors, have massive wealth! Malami, wouldn’t leave that place, without getting biggie money at least, few millions! Osinbajo, knows the tricks, therefore, won’t allow efcc, to transfer cases to the office of attorney general.That’s the shit, behind the beefs, within them!!!!