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Stop appointing police officers to take charge of EFCC - Group tells President Buhari

- President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged not to appoint police officers as EFCC leaders

- The demand was made by Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative

- The group also called on the president to sack the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

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A group, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to demilitarise the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the grip of the Nigeria Police Force.

The group made the demand at a press conference on Friday, August 7 addressed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.

The group also urged the president to “mandate the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately pursue the amendment of the repressive provisions of the EFCC Act 2003, particularly those that mandatorily place the headship of the EFCC in the hands of serving and retired security officers.”

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Demilitarise EFCC from the grip of police - Group tells Buhari

President Buhari has been advised to demilitarise the EFCC. Photo credit: Presidency
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“This will allow professionals with integrity and unblemished public records to head the place and reform the agency in line with global best practices,” the group added.

The group further that demanded that the president “brings on board trained professionals with 21st-century skills in asset intelligence gathering, asset tracing, forfeiture and criminal investigation and prosecution.”

The president was also urged to “carry out a multi-level forensic audit of the EFCC from inception till date to ascertain the extent of the rot in the EFCC and act accordingly.”

Ambassador David lamented that various researches have proven that “corruption, either directly or indirectly, is the bane of poverty in Nigeria.

He sighted the report of the Corruption Perceptions Index, released annually by Transparency International (TI), which gives credence to the fact that Nigeria's major problems are due to corruption.

“This goes without saying that as resources meant for human development are being feathered away, Nigerians sink into a deeper abyss of poverty.

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“Every incoming government in Nigeria has always promised to make the fight against corruption its cardinal objective.

“But certainly and sadly enough, most of those successive governments in the country have only paid lip-service to the system,” he said.

Speaking on the probe of the immediate past chairman of the EFCC, Ambassador David said: “We are here today to let the whole world know that Mr Ibrahim Magu is no more fit to continue in such position.

“I hereby call on Mr President that the suspended EFCC boss Mr Ibrahim Magu should be sacked and be prosecuted.”

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Meanwhile, the federal government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of N800billion with over 1,400 convictions secured in its famed anti-corruption fight.

This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, July 28, at a press conference in Abuja.

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“This administration has recorded over 1,400 convictions, including high profile ones, and recovered funds in excess of N800 billion, not to talk of forfeiture of ill-gotten properties. This is no mean feat,” Alhaji Mohammed told reporters at the briefing.

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