Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman
Three prominent Lagos-based lawyers on Sunday said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) needed to do more in the area of prosecution and win cases, to justify its establishment.
The lawyers told NAN in Lagos that further EFCC loses in court would mar its popularity.
They said the commission needed to be more diligent in its prosecution of alleged corrupt public officials as a way to support the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade.
Mr Jiti Ogunye told NAN that the EFCC needed to be more committed and diligent in its investigation and subsequent prosecution of those accused of fraud.
Ogunye said the way the charge against Mr Femi Fani-Kayode was prosecuted by the EFCC had revealed the need for a review of its handling of the prosecution of suspects.
“The EFCC’s dilatory and cavalier prosecution ended up telling Nigerians that it was not sure of what it was doing.
“The way the charge against Fani-Kayode was being changed showed that not much was properly done by the anti-graft agency.
“It has an advantage as both the investigating and prosecuting body and so will not be excused for failure to bring those charged with corrupt enrichment to answer for their deeds.
“The anti-corruption body ought to know the strength of the cases they are taking to court on the basis of their investigations,” he said.
Ogunye said that the EFCC could justify its funding through tax payers’ money by ensuring that it gets guilty judgments, especially against those charged with public embezzlement.
“Facts must be properly substantiated in the eyes of the law by the agency. The EFCC needs to carry out thorough investigation and painstaking, diligent and conscientious prosecution of its cases.
“It must not allow extraneous factors, influence or pressure to affect the performance of its statutory duties,” Ogunye saisaid.
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Source:: PM Newspaper