A leading Nigerian advocate, Olisa Agbakoba, has called for the repeal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

PM News reports that the lead attorney said he will take legal action against the EFCC to allow the court to determine whether the agency had the power to investigate the activities of state governments.

Olisa Agbakoba has threatened to take legal action against the EFCC. Photo: Olisa Agbakoba
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Agbakoba claimed that the commission currently operated outside the constitution as the EFCC is a creation of the National Assembly and has no powers to interfere with the activities of state governments.

Their accusations against the anti-corruption agency follow the conviction of the lead lawyer for the attack on Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello by the EFCC.

His words:

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“The Supreme Court in many of its decisions has held that federalism means two autonomous and independent governments and if that is correct, the EFCC has no right to go to the state and examine its accounts.

“Anyone can read section 46 of the EFCC Act and Section 36(12) of the Constitution of 1999. Section 36(12) states that all offenses must be defined and when you now read Section 46 you wonder if it complies with Section 36(12) because it does not.

“So part of the sentences I will be looking for in court is that the EFCC should not exist in the first place because it is not a branch of the police and that the work done by the EFCC is the same as that done by the Special Anti-Fraud Police. Unit.”

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Some assets of the former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, have been subject to provisional confiscation.

The temporarily confiscated assets include the sums of $899,900, N304,490,160.95 and 15 properties in Kano and Abuja.

The EFCC is prosecuting Idris and others for allegedly stealing N109 billion from the federal government.

Source: Legit.ng