EFCC Is Overworked – SAN

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Former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) yesterday opined that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would function more effectively if focused more on investigations alone and left arresting and prosecuting to other security operatives

He said“The international best practice is that one agency investigates, another prosecutes and the court adjudicates. The EFCC as currently composed is overworked and will not efficiently deliver on investigation and prosecution,” Agbakoba said in a statement by his non-government organisaition, the Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS).

“HURILAWS applauds the call by Mahmoud for a debate on the efficacy of the war against corruption in Nigeria. Where corruption is endemic like in Nigeria, strong institutions are critical to achieve success.

“It is in this context that the debate on the propriety of the EFCC investigating and prosecuting financial crimes at the same time is appropriate.

“Whilst we have no objection with the EFCC investigating or the courts adjudicating, we believe the powers to prosecute should be vested in an independent highly resourced prosecuting agency.

“We appreciate the enormous work done by the EFCC since its establishment in 2003. Thirteen years on the Federal Government needs to rejig the EFCC and other crime fighting institutions to perform optimally.

“We support plan by the Attorney-General ?of the Federation (AGF) to establish a National Prosecuting Agency,” HURILAWS said in the statement jointly signed by its Legal/Programme Officer, Collins Okeke.

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