Itse Sagay Kicks Against Bill For The Amendment Of Act Of The EFCC

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Itse Sagay Kicks Against Bill For The Amendment Of Act Of The EFCC

Prof. Itse Sagay has vehemently kicked against the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Itse is leading the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.

Sagay, in a statement on Wednesday, called on Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject the bill. Abubakar Malami yesterday disclosed that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved establishment of a new agency which will be saddled with proper coordination of all recovered looted assets. Malami is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

He said the new agency, known as the ‘Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency’, will oversee the responsibility of managing the assets that constitute the proceeds of crime in Nigeria.

The Minister said the FEC has approved transmission of a bill. It was titled, “Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill,” to the National Assembly.

Sagay said the planned amendment was part of an on-going dangerous attempt to destroy Nigeria’s anti-corruption infrastructure and return it to the situation it was, during the dark days before 2015.

Prof Sagay accused those behind the amendment bill of being representatives of the corrupt establishment. One that brought Nigeria to its knees and subjected Nigerians to humiliation as a result of an extremely negative reputation internationally.

The Senior advocate noted that the new bill will weaken the EFCC and its officials. It will confer an enormous power on the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Sagay tackled the Minister for what he described as his proclivity for aborting criminal cases. This is in favour of major political and governmental figures. He said the bill was being sponsored by those that were “too ashamed to put their names to the draft bill being circulated”. He described such people as the real “enemies of Nigeria”.

Sagay noted that the new bill would effectively now turn Nigeria’s topmost anti-graft agency into a department in the Ministry of Justice.

The statement added:

“With all the above-established facts, the gravity of the proposed change becomes overwhelming”.

“When in addition to all this, we recall the well-known proclivity of the Attorney-General for entering nolle procequi in favour of major political and governmental figures. This move to effectively scrap the EFCC becomes more alarming.

“We, therefore, call on the National Assembly and all Nigerians to vigorously reject this attempt. It is to perpetrate a fraud on the nation by effectively scuttling the EFCC and shutting down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war.”

Sagay pointed out that the offensive highlights of the proposed bill, include:

“Repeal of the current EFCC Establishment Act which has been a spectacular success. It has brought Nigeria into limelight as a major force against corruption.

“The replacement of the Executive Chairman of the EFCC with a Director-General. One who is effectively to be appointed by the Attorney-General.”

He said that this will eliminate the freedom currently enjoyed by the EFCC. It will replace it under the complete control of the Attorney-General.

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