The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, has stated that the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, will not be allowed to work freely by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, .
Professor Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH, on Wednesday, while reacting to the Senate’s confirmation of Bawa as the new EFCC Chairman.
He added that AGF Malami is a Politician, and must not be allowed to directly control the activities of the EFCC, as this could derail the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government.
His words: “This issue is a very big question, because I noticed that they both come from the same State of Kebbi, and they may even be related. For me, that is not a very healthy thing, because the Chairman of the EFCC and the EFCC, are supposed to be independent.
“They are not Politicians, they are trained Security Officers. The Attorney-General is a Politician who has all the weaknesses and loads of a Politician. He has people he is obliged to. He has people who are close to him. Some of them may be criminals who might have committed crimes. In fact, some of them may deliberately do things because they think they know the attorney-general.
“So, in such a situation, if Bawa is related to the attorney-general, then there will be a problem because he will not be able to do his job freely because the attorney-general will certainly interfere. He has already indicated his tendency to interfere in both the EFCC and the ICPC with the regulations he purported to make months ago. So, I am not comfortable at all that the possibility that they might be related.
“Malami has never been inclined to allow the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely. He is always sitting on their neck one way or the other. I have complained about that several times and nothing has happened. In fact, he has become more powerful. So, I will not be comfortable if they are related. I do not want any outside influence on the EFCC or the ICPC.
“I do not really know him. I have just read what has been said about him, and he seems to have impressive credentials, and a fairly good record from what I read apart from this issue of trucks, which the EFCC has denied on his behalf.
“So, inasmuch as the removal of Magu to me looks unsatisfactory, we have to move on and if he is as good as his credentials indicate, then I think the future looks promising for the EFCC.”
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