The court also ruled that the EFCC lacks the authority to investigate state finances. As a result, if a governor steals money from a state where he is governor, the EFCC has no authority to prosecute him.
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Meanwhile, Lawyers have said that the Supreme Court has, by this judgement, corrected the anomalies of the past and restored constitutional order by reinforcing the prosecutorial powers of the Attorney General of the Federation under Section 174 of the Constitution for federal offences and the powers of Attorneys General of the respective States under Section 211 of the Constitution.”
Amos Olalere, an Abuja-based lawyer, said the justices of the apex court must be commended for this show of courage in restoring constitutional order. ”
“EFCC has no role whatsoever in the intra-state pursuit of public officials or private contractors, Under the guise of fighting corruption.
Their role, as captured by the UN convention on fighting corruption, defined by the law establishing the Commission and as affirmed by the apex Court, is to prevent illicit financial outflow from Nigeria, “he noted.
“The tenure of the judgement is an indictment of EFCC and the supervising ministry that an agency set up to prevent the outflow of money from Nigeria abandoned its core mandate and got enmeshed in activities that are clearly outside its purview.”
“This judgment clearly calls for a total overhaul of the agency in order to position it to focus on and pursue the important task the agency was set up to achieve,” stakeholders say.
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