Nigerian Bar Association wants EFCC’s powers reduced

Nigerian Bar Association wants EFCC's powers reduced

EFCC’s leadership has responded angrily to a proposition by the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Abubakar Mahmoud.

The NBA president had recommended that EFCC be stripped of its prosecutorial powers and focus just on investigations.

In response, EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said Abubakar’s recommendation is “A cleverly disguised campaign by powerful forces.

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“Is it not a strange coincidence that the suggestion to strip the EFCC of its prosecutorial powers is being floated few months after EFCC arraigned some senior lawyers for corruption?”

Then yesterday, EFCC’s acting chairman described some lawyers as rogue elements bent on clogging the wheel of anticorruption.

“Your direct confrontation of the corruption monster through the instrumentality of the law is an inspiration to those of us in the enforcement of the law.

“However, in the course of confronting the monster, we constantly run up against a gang of rogue elements.

“They are not only frustrating the work that we are doing but also give a terrible name to the Bar and Bench.

“Under my watch, EFCC will come to the aid of short-changed Nigerians and where there is impunity, EFCC will intervene,” Magu said.

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The Nigerian Bar Association thereafter demanded an “unreserved apology” from EFCC over Magu’s statement.

In a statement issued by Isiaka Olagunju, General Secretary, on behalf of the NBA, the lawyers’ body distanced its newly elected president, Abubakar Mahmoud, from cases involving two former state governors.

“The NBA condemns the use of abusive and uncivil language of ‘rogues and vultures’ and such strictures by a public authority.

“Name calling and use of abusive language is not expected of any public institution.

“It is unacceptable. The NBA demands unequivocal withdrawal of this statement and an unreserved apology from the EFCC,” NBA said.