Sagay predicts doom for EFCC Chair, says AGF Malami won’t allow him succeed
Chairman of Nigeria’s Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Itse Sagay has expressed concern that the country’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami may interfere in the duties of Abdulrasheed Bawa, the newly-appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, Sagay, a senior advocate of Nigeria and a professor of law described Malami as a politician and must not be allowed to directly control the activities of the EFCC as this could derail the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.
On the independence of the EFCC, Sagay said, “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same state of Kebbi and they may even be related. For me, that is not a very healthy thing because the chairman of the EFCC and the EFCC are supposed to be independent.
“They are not politicians, they are trained security officers. The attorney-general is a politician who has all the weaknesses and loads of a politician.
“He has people he is obliged to. He has people who are close to him. Some of them may be criminals who might have committed crimes. In fact, some of them may deliberately do things because they think they know the attorney-general.
“So, in such a situation, if Bawa is related to the attorney-general, then there will be a problem because he will not be able to do his job freely because the attorney-general will certainly interfere.
“He has already indicated his tendency to interfere in both the EFCC and the ICPC with the regulations he purported to make months ago. So, I am not comfortable at all that the possibility that they might be related.”
The PACAC chairman maintained that Malami had never been inclined to support the independence of anti-graft agencies.
Sagay argued that he had made his position known several times but unfortunately, Malami’s powers had continued to increase.
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While admitting that he did not know Bawa personally, Sagay said he was impressed by his curriculum vitae and background. He said since Magu had been removed, it was time for all parties to move on and ensure that Bawa succeeds.
Sagay stated, “I don’t really know him. I have just read what has been said about him and he seems to have impressive credentials and a fairly good record from what I read apart from this issue of trucks which the EFCC has denied on his behalf.
“So, inasmuch as the removal of Magu to me looks unsatisfactory, we have to move on and if he is as good as his credentials indicate, then I think the future looks promising for the EFCC.”
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