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EFCC is being frustrated on ex-govs’ trials, says Waziri

*Ex-bank chief ordered 4 jets —Sanusi

By  Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—THE Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, yesterday cried out over what she alleged as deliberate obstacles set against the commission in its prosecution of former governors and other political office holders.

Mrs. Waziri told Vanguard shortly after she received the full endorsement of the Senate in its prosecution of alleged crooked bank executives in a close session, that the media should join with other members of the civil society to help her lift the deliberate barriers on her way.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Lamido Sanusi, who also appeared before the Senate, also regaled the Senate of alleged misdeeds by bank executives.

One former bank executive had reportedly ordered four planes while others granted credits running into billions without security.

Responding to the disclosures by Waziri and Sanusi, the Senate yesterday reiterated its support for the ongoing reforms in the banking sector giving full commendation to the anti-corruption drive of the regime.

Senate spokesman, Senator Ayogu Eze, at a briefing following the session with Waziri and Sanusi, said the anti-corruption campaign had never been so fought as was being done by the present administration.

Accused that her hard stance against the alleged crooked bankers was mitigating credit to the economy, Waziri replied thus: ”No, no, no, you are getting it wrong. We are concerned about bad loans, illegal loans, loans without collateral, or fictitious companies. We didn’t touch the regular borrowers, we told them to go even when they wandered into our offices, we told them to go, reconcile we are not after that.”

On criticism that she had sidestepped the prosecution of allegedly corrupt former governors to focus on the bankers, she said: “The cases are in court, we discussed it just now. The cases are in court after taking plea, the cases are stalled by one flimsy excuse or the other or interlocutory injunction, by defence counsel.

“I am crying out that you members of the press, I am going to give you a list of all the cases and why they are stalled. Somebody should raise a voice apart from the Chairman of EFCC,’’ she said.


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