Nigerian Senate demands new EFCC

Abba announced that the strategy was being fine-tuned to make it more successful by the Ministry of Finance.
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Senior officers of EFCC and Senate Committee members at the session

A new, reformed and rebranded Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been called for by the Senate.

Senate Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes Committee Chairman Suleiman Kwari spoke on Tuesday at the start of the 9th Senate Implementation Session of the Legislative Anti-Corruption Strategy.

He recommended that ninety per cent of the investigation could be carried out before the arrest was carried out.

“Media hype must stop. If you want to be effective forget the media, do the work and let your work speak for you,” he told EFCC officials.

Kwari confirmed that the 9th Senate was determined to ensure that the Senate and the EFCC had a consistent flow of information and interaction.

Former Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko expressed concern about the EFCC 's slim budget allocation for legal fees.

He requested adequate provision for successful prosecutorial activities in the EFCC budget for that reason.

Mohammed Umar Abba, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, sought the Committee's help by appropriations.

On senators’ inquiry on seized vehicles, Abba expressed pain at the deteriorating state of assets in EFCC custody.

“We are working on this challenge, and I am sure the Attorney General of the Federation is coming out with a gazette so that this issue will be a thing of the past, not only vehicles, but landed properties,” he said.

On the federal government's whistle-blowing scheme, Abba said some members of the public had turned it into a tool for settling personal scores.

“It is true that the whistle-blowing policy has gone down, unlike what it was at the beginning where we received several reports from whistle-blowers. People started being mischievous. We have to tread carefully as people turned it into a personal vendetta tool against individuals.”

Abba announced that the strategy was being fine-tuned to make it more successful by the Ministry of Finance.