Monday, October 17, 2011

Presidency probes EFCC over arrest of ex govs

15 October 2011

The personality clash between the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri is heading for the worse as both play their respective roles in the prosecution of the government’s anti corruption campaign.

While the AGF believes in the rule of law in the prosecution of an offender, EFCC allegedly pushes for the aggressive hunt and mob trial approach which was the hallmark of the Nuhu Ribadu years. And that is why the Presidency is studying the processes that led to the arrest of four former governors last week while some other former chief executives of some states were left as untouchables.

A presidency source said yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan has had words with both the AGF and Waziri on the development and was shown startling evidence which suggests that the EFCC has for sometime been ignoring the Ministry of Justice in its prosecutorial processes.

According to the source, the AGF continues to explain to the President on the importance of rule of law, especially when he was called to explain how the planned arrest of the former governors leaked.

“Indeed, the plan was to arrest many of them in one fell swoop, but as soon as the plan leaked, the plan was aborted. And it was only at that time that the Commission sought for permission to prosecute some of them including the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili.

The letter from the EFCC seeking to prosecute Odili was dated October 6, 2011, the same day the commission’s operatives took in the former Governors of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Oyo, Otunba Christopher Alao- Akala and Nassarawa’s Aliyu Akwe Doma.

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