EFCC throws punches at Senior Advocates of Nigeria

By Post Nigeria February 17, 2016 17:07

EFCC throws punches at Senior Advocates of Nigeria

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has lamented the gang up of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, against the commission in its fight against corruption.

Magu, in a statement on Tuesday, February 16, at a rally organised by a coalition of civil society groups, in Abuja, blamed lawyers and journalists for making the fight against corruption difficult for the EFCC.

He maintained that lawyers who defend looters of public funds and take bribe to delay court judgments to deny Nigerians of justice are the major challenges of having an effective prosecution of the war on corruption.

“The other day, 34 Senior Advocates of Nigeria fought against only one small EFCC lawyer in court and he defeated all of them. What we are doing today is not by our power, it is the power of the Nigerian people and the power of God behind us.

“Corrupt people hire journalists to abuse us every day. They say we are not doing the work according to the law. But, that is not true.

“There is no agency that follows the law more than EFCC. None. Before we arrest you, or seize your property or do anything to you, we check the law, we go to court and get court order. That is why we are winning; that is why we are defeating them every day.

“We want the Nigerian people to continue to support us, continue to support Mr. President’s war on corruption.”

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Magu added that: “We have many corruption cases in court. We are getting them every day from everywhere and we are recovering stolen money and taking corrupt people to court.

“The money we have recovered and the money we are going to get back from them billions and billions of naira is being paid back to government and will be used to do what it was originally meant for to build hospitals, send our children to school, build roads and railways, create employment and defend our country.

“We have no other country than Nigeria. This war is the war of the people. Apart from the fear of God, we have no other fear. Apart from the interest of Nigeria, we have no other interest.

“And apart from the Rule of Law, we have no other rule guiding the work we are doing today. The days of impunity are over. Victory is certain for the common man! Aluta continua!”

Earlier, the EFCC had on Tuesday arraigned Rickey Tarfa, SAN, before the Lagos High Court for allegedly obstructing justice by hiding two financial crimes suspects, Gnahouse Nazaire and Senoue ‎Modeste in his car from being arrested.

The commission arraigned Tarfa before Justice Aishat Opesanwo, on a two count charge, he allegedly committed on February 5, 2016 including an unlawful telephone conversation with a Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Mohammed Yunusa.

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