Exposed: The Lies Of Faridah Waziri


But for the Freedom of Information bill, Nigerians would have continued to be deceived that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) retired as an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG). When she appeared before the Senate before her screening in 2007, Mrs. Waziri had claimed that she retired as an Assistant Inspector General of Police. She was also alleged to have claimed that she was promoted to the rank of AIG by former Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Musiliu Smith, alongside 12 others and that she wore the AIG rank before retiring.
Based on the provisions in the Freedom of Information Bill, a non-governmental organization, Centre for the Rule of Law forwarded a petition to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation seeking to know the actual rank of the EFCC Chair as at the time she retired from the Nigerian Police Force. The petition prompted the Attorney General to make investigations both at the office of the Inspector General of Police and that of the Police Service Commission (PSC). The investigations revealed that contrary to Mrs. Waziri’s claim, she actually retired as a Commissioner of Police.
In his reply to the Attorney General, Parry Osayande, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission pointed out that Mrs. Waziri “rose through the ranks to become an Acting Inspector General of Police and was posted to head the “F” Department, Force Headquarters on May, 26, 1999 and E Department (Training) on July 19, 1999 in the capacity of an Acting AIG. She was still of the rank of Acting AIG until 28th February, 2000 when she retired from the Force having completed her 35 years meritorious service.”
The Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim’s reply was contained in a letter with reference number, PSC/C/352/32 addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation, he stated there that Mrs. Waziri retired in year 2000 as a Commissioner of Police after 35 years of service
Having found out that the EFCC Chairperson failed to state the truth about her rank on retirement, many Nigerians have started questioning Mrs. Waziri’s moral justification at pursuing the war against corruption.
Street Journal had earlier reported that Mrs. Waziri might not be able to effectively combat corruption in the country, no thanks to her alleged links with some of those she should be prosecuting as well as her integrity which has been questioned in many quarters. For instance, it was reported that before she became the Chairman of the anti-graft agency, she stood surety for former Governor George Akume and helped him secure the release of his international passport when it was seized by the EFCC.
In a later statement credited to her however, she denied standing surety for the former Governor. Only to later say she rendered the service only as an indigene to the former Governor of her state.
Her predecessor claimed to have a file on at least 31 corrupt Governors then and by 2007, everyone expected the fireworks to begin. The expected however did not happen after Mrs. Waziri took over. She later claimed that many of the case files of the 31 former Governors were missing.
Her stand on the Ibori matter too has led many to believe that Nigerians might not be hearing the whole truth when statements are made from her office. In 2010, the agency released a list of wanted people and Ibori’s name was surprisingly absent, in spite of the fact that he evaded arrest both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. With the poor handling of the case, Ibori was absolved of over a hundred corruption based counts. The EFCC however suddenly changed gear when British authorities showed serious interest in the case.
Faridah Waziri’s claim of ignorance on an allegation from the American Embassy that some “corrupt former Governors had some influence on the YarÁdua administration” was described by a source at the American embassy as being “remarkably unbelievable.”
Famous lawyers like Femi Falana and Bamidele Aturu have joined those calling for the resignation of Mrs. Waziri. In Femi Falana’s view, since the Inspector General and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission have confirmed that she retired as a Commissioner, Waziri has lost every moral and legal right to remain in her exalted position.
The human rights lawyer also stated that if she does not resign, the President should go ahead to fire her. According to him, somebody who lied to Nigerians is not competent to lead the EFCC which was set up to prosecute those who engage in 419, fraud, forgery, and impersonation.
Falana also disclosed that if the government refuses to sack the EFCC Chairman, he would be compelled to ask for a fiat to prosecute her because very soon, the defendants in cases instituted by the anti-graft agency would begin to challenge and question her integrity to try them.
He therefore advised that Mrs. Waziri should resign honourably.
Aturu too opined that Waziri should resign as she cannot be prosecuting criminals as she is not clean. “You cannot be trying 419 suspects and criminals and you are not clean. If it is true that she did not attain the rank she is claiming, the best option is for her to resign or be fired. She is now carrying a moral burden,” Aturu concluded.
Some have even described her claim of retiring as an AIG as a corrupt practice and impersonation which should be looked into by the Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

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