AGF, EFCC deny rift

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu & Ron­ald Mu­tum

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has re­futed re­ports of a face-off be­tween his of­fice and the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

The anti-graft com­mis­sion, in a state­ment yes­ter­day by its spokesman, Wil­son Uwu­jaren, also said there was “no ex­ist­ing or im­pend­ing face-off” be­tween it and the of­fice of the AGF.

Malami made this known yes­ter­day at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Min­istry of Jus­tice’s website and Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) Por­tal, in con­junc­tion with the Right to Know (R2K) in Abuja.

While re­spond­ing to ques­tions on the im­pli­ca­tion of the EFCC’s fail­ure to re­mit to the AGF’s of­fice up­dates of cor­rup­tion cases, Malami said the non-com­pli­ance does not mean there is a face-off be­tween the two agen­cies.

The AGF had in a let­ter to the Act­ing Chair­man of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, dated Au­gust 1, 2017 re­quested him to for­ward up­date on cases and rec­om­men­da­tions in line with Sec­tion 10 (1) of the EFCC (En­force­ment) Reg­u­la­tions 2010, which man­dates the com­mis­sion to for­ward ‘se­ri­ous or com­plex’ cases.

The let­ter ac­cused the com­mis­sion of be­ing in breach of the said sec­tion and di­rected it to com­ply in the fu­ture.

Mean­while, the AGF has announced dates for the first ‘Na­tional Sum­mit on Jus­tice’ to be held in Abuja be­tween Au­gust 8 and 10.

While brief­ing news­men yes­ter­day, he said the sum­mit would en­able stake­hold­ers to “con­sider, adopt and val­i­date the draft Na­tional Pol­icy on Jus­tice, de­vel­oped by the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted by the Min­istry of Jus­tice in 2016.”

Mean­while, Uwu­jaren said me­dia re­ports sug­gest­ing con­flict be­tween the AGF and EFCC were the hand­i­work of “some un­scrupu­lous per­sons.’’

He said the re­ports em­anated from the imag­i­na­tions of “cor­rupt el­e­ments, an­gling to knock heads to­gether in fur­ther­ance of their own pro-cor­rup­tion agenda.’’

“For the avoid­ance of any doubt, the EFCC wishes to cat­e­gor­i­cally state that it is com­pli­ant with all pro­vi­sions of law, and has no in­ten­tion to stoke mis­un­der­stand­ing over re­quests from the of­fice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice,” he said.

He added that the EFCC, as agency set up by law, could never breach the law of the land or dis­obey con­sti­tuted au­thor­ity

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