Cooperate with Justice Ministry or face sanctions, Presidency tells Magu

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The Presidency on Friday warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to respond to a letter written to it on Tuesday by the Ministry of Justice about high profile investigations, or face sanctions.

The letter, which sparked off speculations of a rift between the ministry and the EFCC, directed the commission to submit details of its investigations into ‘serious cases’ to the Justice Ministry.

Such cases include matters with international dimensions, cases involving alleged misappropriation of N50 million and above; cases of fraud involving numerous suspects, among others.

According to the letter written on August 1, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, accused the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, of violating section 10 of the commission’s performance regulation guidelines, 2010.

“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,” the letter added.

Shortly after reports regarding the letter were published by the media, the EFCC, and the justice ministry denied any rift regarding the matter.

“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,” the commission said.

The commission also said the EFCC was not negating any known laws in the discharge of its duties.

However, the Punch Newspapers reported that the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Okoi Obono-Obla, on Friday waded into the matter, warning the commission to reply the latter or face sanctions.

“The EFCC cannot be more patriotic than the office of the AGF. Why is it that the EFCC is not cooperating when we are working for the same government? If the EFCC refuses to act on the letter, there will be consequences on acts of indiscipline and insubordination”.

Mr. Obono-Obla however said there was no ‘personality clash’ between the two organisations.

“There is no personality clash between the two heads. It is wrong to say that there is a clash. The EFCC is an institution and the office of the AGF is another institution. What we need is compliance. We should not personalise our institutions.”


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Does Justice Ministry want serious cases referred to it so that it can sit on them?

  • Sword of Damocles

    PT , you can do better than this. Your headline immediately had me going thru the article, & realizing that the so called “warning” is from Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Okoi Obono-Obla, who just happens to be the mouthpiece of one of the protagonists: Malami. Had me thinking that the Acting President “Professor Osinbanjo had waded into this issue. Please try to be exact in your reporting, many people (yours truly included) are relying on Africa’s best scribes

  • Watch man

    The hidden hand of the gang of lootocrats in Sin-net have now devised another route to hunt down Magu. This time their extended hand is AGF. So sad!

  • Iniobong Pius Akpan

    Is Efcc a government of its own? If Magu feels otherwise, he can quietly resign his position rather than weep up sentiment on reasons he cannot respect and follow laid down rules and regulation. All the fanfare media trial has ended with no meaningful progress which clearly shows that he lacks the capacity and intellect to manage EFCC.

    • loveNigeria

      You are a liar!!! Magu is sound, smart and intelligent to manage efcc. Oh, is your brother among the looters and you are trying to talk down on Magu, sorry you have failed, small boy!. Buhari and Magu are saving the future of Nigerian youths and here you are condemning good work….Mumu…

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Why the sudden change of gear? Is the AGF just realizing that those cases need to be prosecuted and why select only the high profile ones? Malami should come clean and stay clear from obstructionists.

  • marcos avelino

    Malami is not staright , he is always obstructing He has done serious damage to Buharis image

  • loveNigeria

    Malami Oleeeeee……an agent of corrupt Govs and Senators. This kind of things has happened before during the reign of Andoaka and Ribadu. Why requesting for file…why!. Magu should not release anything except if Office of the Acting President or President himself directed. Chill Malami, what is your business, why don’t you concentrate of bringing more looters in for efcc to arrest and prosecute. Simple!, start your finding and bring in corrupt Politicians, and do what you have or wanted to do now. Magu is not reporting to your office so why are you instructing him. God bless Nigeria

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Mr. Magu, better start preparing your handover notes. You can not win this battle amongst lions, hynieanas and jackals. Better still, through-in the towel and run, quick.