Bill to establish EFCC Court passes second reading in House of Reps

House of Reps
House of Reps

A bill to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has Act passed second reading on Wednesday in the House of Representatives.

The bill which seeks to establish an EFCC Court to provide quick recovery procedures for stolen asset was sponsored by Bede-Eke Uchenna, a Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker from Imo, and four other lawmakers.

Leading the debate, Mr. Uchenna said the bill also seeks to implement active pursuit of cases, build capacity and improve trust and co-operation with foreign counterparts.

“The bill seeks to ensure adequate funding of the commission, make it more independent and effective in the enforcement of laws and to establish an Economic and Financial Crimes Court.” Mr. Uchenna said.

The lawmaker said the bill will generally enhance the effectiveness of the Act.

In his contribution, Mohammed Monguno (Borno-APC) said that the bill was as a result of the delay-attitude of the regular courts in the administration of justice.

“Rather than establishing the EFCC Court, the house should emphasise and canvass for attitudinal change in the dispensation of justice in the country” Mr. Monguno said.

The lawmaker said that if that was done, there will be quick delivery of justice not only in financial and economic related crimes but crimes in all the sectors in the country.

After the debate, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, forwarded the bill to the Committee on Financial Crimes for further legislative actions.


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  • real

    They don’t need a special court, they just need to ensure that the current courts has the capacity and manpower to deal with the case. The main problem with our court enforcement, is that we are lacking in government lawyer who can properly challenge and deal with the defense lawyer who are rather better trained and paid.

    • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

      Now that real and very sincere attempt is being championed to start a truthful war against corruption, is it not very surprising that Apc who has been moving around deceiving gullible Nigerians that Buhari is fighting corruption, have started kicking against the bill that when passed, is going to corruption a technical knock out in Nigeria. Apc is a formidable fraud against Nigerian nation.