Malami wants to Shut down EFCC – Sagay Tackles Buhari’s Minister Over New Bill
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, led by Prof. Itse Sagay, has vehemently kicked against the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Sagay, in a statement on Wednesday, called on Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject the bill.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami yesterday disclosed that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved establishment of a new agency which will be saddled with proper coordination of all recovered looted assets.
He said the new agency, known as the ‘Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency’, will oversee the responsibility of managing the assets that constitute the proceeds of crime in Nigeria.
The Minister said the FEC has approved transmission of a bill, titled, “Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill,” to the National Assembly.
But Sagay said the planned amendment was part of an on-going dangerous attempt to destroy Nigeria’s anti-corruption infrastructure and return it to the situation it was, during the dark days before 2015.
Prof Sagay accused those behind the amendment bill of being representatives of the corrupt establishment that brought Nigeria to its knees and subjected Nigerians to humiliation as a result of an extremely negative reputation internationally.
The Senior advocate noted that the new bill will weaken the EFCC and its officials and confer an enormous power on the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Sagay tackled the Minister for what he described as his proclivity for aborting criminal cases in favour of major political and governmental figures
He said the bill was being sponsored by those that were “too ashamed to put their names to the draft bill being circulated”, describing such people as the real “enemies of Nigeria”.
Source: Daily Post Nigeria