AGF writes EFCC, ICPC again over high pro­file cases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul-Rah­man Abubakar

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has again writ­ten to the Act­ing Chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt Prac­tices Com­mis­sion (ICPC) to send case files of lin­ger­ing high pro­file cor­rup­tion cases to his of­fice.

The Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent on pros­e­cu­tions, Okoi ObonoObla dis­closed this to Daily Trust yes­ter­day on the side­lines of a stake­hold­ers sum­mit on the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, or­gan­ised by the CLEEN Foun­da­tion in Abuja.

Obla said the anti-cor­rup­tion agen­cies have been prose­cut­ing sev­eral high pro­file cases, “Some since 2006 and not mak­ing any head­way. Du­pli­cates of the case files have not been made avail­able to the AGF for the com­mit­tee in­au­gu­rated by the Act­ing Pres­i­dent to as­sist with pros­e­cu­tion of such pend­ing cases.” While cit­ing cases in­volv­ing some top politi­cians, Obla said “That is why the At­tor­ney Gen­eral wanted to have the case files so that we can see the ac­tual prob­lems stalling the hear­ing of th­ese mat­ters.”

Asked why the anti-graft agen­cies are re­sist­ing such at­tempt at col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts, he said “Well, I don’t want to be spec­u­la­tive but the AGF has made an­other re­quest and I be­lieve they have to com­ply be­cause the At­tor­ney Gen­eral is the chief pros­e­cu­tor of the fed­er­a­tion, all of them are un­der his su­per­vi­sion.”

Obla said the AGF has pow­ers to takeover or with­draw any case filed by the EFCC, the ICPC or any other govern­ment agency filed be­fore any court in the coun­try. He said the pros­e­cu­tion com­mit­tee com­pris­ing the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion was meant to com­ple­ment pros­e­cu­tion by the anti-graft agen­cies.

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