Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reps move against EFCC boss

27 October 2011

 •Want judicial officer as new head; to outlaw anonymous whistle-blowing •Amaechi accuses commission of targeting ex-govs

THE House of Representatives, on Wednesday, threw its weight behind a bill that seeks to overhaul the headship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by making only retired judicial officers from the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal, to head the commission. The bill also plans to outlaw anonymous whistle-blowing.

This followed the passage for the second reading of a bill for an act to amend the EFCC Act, Cap. E1 LFN 2004 and for other related matters, sponsored by Honourable Bassey Ewa.

If the amendments scale through, Mrs Farida Waziri, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police and current chairman of the EFCC, will be unqualified to continue as the commission’s boss, while the new investigation unit being proposed in the amendments to be headed by a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police.

He argued that allowing a senior police officer to head the investigation unit of the EFCC would provide a direction for the commission in terms of charges to be preferred against an accused.

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