AIED has accused the Nigerian Police and related security agencies of the federal government of the lack of competence to resume its chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
That declaration was made on Friday by the organization in a press release signed by its Media and Publicity Officer, Comrade O’Seun John, seeking immediate modification of Section 2(1) ii, Section 3(2) and Section 8(1) of the EFCC Act.
According to AIED, successive Chairmen ‘s continuous ridicule of EFCC has clearly shown that the structure of the Commission is faulty.
“We see the imbroglio that accepted Ibrahim Magu ‘s removal, with a sign for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a flawed foundational structure.
“While we agree that the reign of Mr Magu is justified and the swift trial is informed of the barter of justice, executive bribery and graft at the heart of the commission and his unceremonious dismissal, we fear that successive Commission chairs may not work properly if the commission is left to the hands of the President and the appointing of the Chairman of the Commission
“Firstly, we find it difficult to believe that our legislators would put the management of such an significant anti-coruption organization, in their true conscience, in the hands of safety agencies which are the poster child of dangerous activities. It is quite funny that in creating the EFCC the Nigerian Police Force has been considered. It is a global reality that the Nigerian Police Force does not have the competence to properly police the country in order to deter corruption.
“We therefore suggest a amendment to Section 2(1) ii, restricted to the qualification of the position of EFCC Chair of any ‘serving or retired member of any government protection or compliance agency not below the rank of Assistant Police Commissioner or equivalent’ we firmly believe that in Nigeria men and women of character have demonstrated this over the years.
“It is also repugnant to an anti-corruption agency’s intended doctrine of independence if its Chairman and Secretary is appointed by the President and can be dismissed or suspended exclusively by the President, as is clear in Section 8(1) and Section 3(2) of the EFCC Law.
“The Commission Chairman and Secretary are required to be free from executive and political influence if the EFCC is to be truly successful.
“A special board composed of civil society organisations, judiciaries and scholars will, in order to accomplish this, be empowered to name the Commission’s Chairman and Secretary as the disciplinary authority.
“We conclude that anything but the EFCC ‘s healthy independence would continue to throne offenders who are dressed as saints into leadership while the Commission continues to serve as an instrument in resolving politics.