The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday hinted at plans to review the law establishing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to enable it to carry out its mandate more effectively.
This comes after lawmakers expressed concerns that the commission has been used as a tool to harass and embarrass politicians, rather than effectively carrying out its mandate.
During the screening and confirmation of Ola Olukoyede and Muhammad Hammajoda as Chairman and Secretary of the commission on Wednesday, Godswill Akpabio, the Senate president narrated how a frivolous petition was written against him to sabotage his political career and expressed his dissatisfaction with the EFCC’s handling of Senator Rochas Okorocha’s case where operatives invaded the house through a roof.
Akpabio criticized the EFCC for preferring to chase “frivolous petitions” rather than carrying out a preliminary investigation before inviting individuals. He also complained that the commission had engaged more in sensationalism than carrying out real investigations.
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