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EFCC Can’t Arrest Nigerians, File Court Cases If Magu Remains In Office – Adegboruwa


Activist lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the argument that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu can continue in acting capacity despite being rejected by the Senate as substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency, stating that the anti-graft agency is too sensitive to be headed by a rejected candidate.

Speaking in a statement on Friday, the Lagos lawyer reasoned that the December 14 rejection of Magu by the Senate means that the operations of the EFCC after the Upper Chamber’s decision will be deemed as illegal.

He warned that if the acting EFCC chairman continues in office as acting chairman after Thursday’s development, it would give the impression that Magu has been appointed to do a hatchet job, stressing that his continued stay in office after the rejection would make the EFCC unable to institute court cases or arrest any citizen.The statement, which averred that President Muhammadu Buhari can find a better replacement for Magu out of the about 180 million Nigerians, reads:

The rejection of Mr Ibrahim Magu by the Senate as the substantive chairman of the EFCC is received with mixed feelings.

First, it reasserts the independence of the Legislative arm of government, which is not bound to accept all proposals and candidates of the executive, hook line and sinker.
Second, it is wrong to build our institutions, especially the anti corruption agencies, around individuals. We should strengthen the institutions rather than the individuals. In this regard, the rejection of Mr Magu should have no impact upon the work of the EFCC, ordinarily. In a country of about 180 million people, the President should shop for a replacement that can perform the job as much or even better than Mr Magu.

Third, the anti corruption agencies, especially the EFCC, need a general overhaul, which can only be achieved through a new man on the saddle. The issues plaguing the EFCC, of disregard for the rule of law, of corruption, abuse of human rights, leading to constant but avoidable deaths of citizens in EFCC custody, obnoxious bail conditions as a means of keeping citizens in custody for longer periods of time, extortion and torture of suspects, are some of the reasons why there is need for a new hand that can overhaul the agency.

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