Thursday, 3 August 2017

Falana - Stop DSS from investigating corruption, financial crimes

Activist-lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) urged the Federal Government to restrain the Directorate of State Service (SSS) from corruption Investigation.

Falana gave the advice yesterday in his review of the reorganisation of the anti-graft agencies  by the government.

He advised that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission  (ICPC ) should take over all cases of official corruption while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should limit its activities to money laundering, cyber crimes, advanced fee fraud and other economic and financial crimes.

“With the new development,   the Presidency should, as a matter of urgency, ensure that each of the anti graft agencies is made to henceforth operate within its statutory core mandate.

“If the federal government is prepared to reclaim the initiative it must insist on regular inter agency collaboration on the part of the anti graft agencies”, he counselled.

Falana commended the appointment of Prof.  Bolaji Owasanye as Chaormn of of the ICPC and Chief Okoi Obono-Obla to handle recovery of public property.

“By appointing Professor Bolaji Owasanye, the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Council Against Corruption, as the chairman of the ICPC and Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Presidential Adviser on Prosecution  as the Chairman of the Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property who are both men of proven integrity, the federal government has demonstrated its determination to refocus, restrategise and rejig the anti corruption programme which has almost been hijacked by the forces of corruption and impunity in the country”, he noted.

While commending the National Assembly  for passing the Whistle Blowers Bill, he advised the legislature to pass the remaining anti corruption bills including the bill for the establishment of an anti corruption court.

He recalled suggesting the reorganisation of the other anti graft agencies following the change in the leadership of the EFCC in November 2016.

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