EFCC Revolts Against National Assembly

By Ikenga Chronicles January 2, 2017

Reports revealed on Sunday night that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is in silent protest by refusing to submit its annual report to the National Assembly three months after its statutory deadline. Not only that, the commission seemed to have technically shut down its operations because no high profile arrest has been made since its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation request was rejected and thrown out of the Red Chamber based on indicting report from the  Department of State Services(DSS).

Recall that Section 37 of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004, provides that the commission “shall, not later than 30th September in each year, submit to the National Assembly, a report of its activities during the immediate preceding year and shall include in such report the audited account of the Commission.”

Investigations revealed that the non-confirmation of Magu by the Senate might be responsible for the refusal of the anti-graft agency to submit the annual report.

Magu’s confirmation has been dragging since July last year when the request of the Presidency to that effect was read on the floor of the Senate.

The Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, which is chaired by Senator Chukuwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu) had in October written to the commission requesting for the report.

“The commission has not submitted the report. In October we requested for the annual report of the EFCC and the details of the stolen funds recovered by the Commission but we are yet to get it” a source said.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Utazi and his deputy Mustapha Sani (APC, Niger) were not available for comments last night.

The EFCC said it had obtained 125 convictions from various courts across the country in 2016 even though the convictions did not include a single politically exposed person.

Details of the convictions from the EFCC website show that 24 of them are in Abuja, Lagos 44, Kano 19, Port Harcourt 22, Enugu 13 and Gombe 3.

The EFCC has also within the year intensified prosecution of several high profile politically exposed persons in courts which include former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki; former Chiefs of Defence Staff Alex Badeh and Adesola Amosu as well as former air chief Mohammed Dikko Umar.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s associates being prosecuted include Raymond Dokpesi, Nenadi Usman, Olisah Metuh, Reuben Abati and Femi Fani Kayode among others.

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