AGF Denies Rift With EFCC Chair

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied the existence of any rift between the ministry and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a letter from the office of the AGF directing the commission to forward 35 case files of ex-Governors and other high profile corruption cases the agency is handling or prosecuting to his office for vetting and further directive.
Malami made the denial Thursday in Abuja during a press briefing on the forthcoming National Summit on Justice scheduled for 8th to 10th August 2017 in Abuja.
The Minister said, “There is no rift”, when he was asked if there was any between the ministry and the EFCC, following the increasing tension the said directive to the EFCC is generating.
Malami, however, stressed that the forthcoming summit is expected to provide a common vision as well as guidelines for the promotion of an effective justice system that will guarantee the freedom of the people and socio-economic development of the nation.
“Given the challenges militating against an effective administration of justice and the peculiarity of our federal system, there is the need to harmonize and integrate the various reforms initiatives into a clearly articulated National Justice Policy”, he said.
Malami stressed that the policy when adopted will clearly define the country’s political philosophy with respect to justice delivery and provide a common direction for the Justice Sector stakeholders across the nation.
“The need for National Policy on Justice arose due to the imperative of building consensus among justice sector institutions and practitioners for the purpose of addressing collectively the various challenges confronting the justice system in the country and evolving a justice system that is fairer, more effective, accessible, efficient and responsive to the hopes and aspirations of our people”, he said.
Meanwhile the AGF has said that the unveiling and formal hand-over of the upgraded website of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Freedom of Information (FOI) portal would go a long way towards demonstrating the current administration’s commitment to the principles of full disclosure, transparency and accountability in the conduct of Government business.
The website and FOI portal was launched by the ministry Thursday in partnership with Right to Know (R2K) a Civil Society Organization.
Malami, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2016 during the London Summit on Anti-corruption led Nigeria to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which requires that governments promote and actualize the rights of citizens to request and receive information about how they are governed and how the resources of the country are been utilized.
“One of the ways to ensure that these commitments are implemented is through the use of technology and innovation to make public information available to the citizens.
“The setting up of this FOI portal is a response to this need which is coming at a very auspicious time when the FOI unit under the Federal Ministry of Justice is required to co-chair and lead discussions on the effective implementation of FOI principles within the OGP and across the country”, he said.
Earlier, Coordinator, Right to Know (R2K), Ene Nwankpa, said with the development of the portal, the disclosure capabilities of both public institutions would be significantly optimized.
She therefore urged members of the public to take full advantage of the new FOI electronic portal and mobilize demand for its use.

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