AGAINST the back-drop of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s, EFCC, recent advisory on alleged corrupt politicians, former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Dalhatu Bafarawa, denied yesterday, that his international passport was returned to him by chairman of the Commission, Mrs Farida Waziri.
He said the return of the passport was at the instance of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
EFCC recently came under attack from politicians, the civil society and the Federal Government after it posted the advisory on alleged corrupt politicians.
Bafarawa, one of the politicians on the advisory list, had asked the EFCC Chairman to resign, while the civil society questioned the commission’s criteria for arriving at such verdict.
Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Adokie, also cautioned the Commission not to unnecessarily heat up the polity as it was not a law court that can pronounce a verdict.
Bafarawa said in a statement that Waziri told the BBC Hausa Service that she returned his international passport when it was seized.
even as she alleged that politicians collude with the judiciary to slow down the trial of corrupt politicians in the country.
He said: “One is not really surprised at the utterances of the chairman of the commission in recent times. It is unfortunate that she has allowed herself and by extension the commission to be used for selfish reasons. Not only that, whoever that occupies that seat should be of impeccable character, without blemish, one who is strong in principles.
Otherwise how can she claim she returned my international passport after it was seized when it was actually the law court that instructed her to return it.
“This was even after she held on to the passport without preferring any charge against me. She does not have any moral standing to say that politicians assist the judiciary to slow the pace of trial. The trial judge in my case, Justice Adamu Bello, even questioned why my passport would be seized without any charge against me. If she could seize my passport for a whole year without any charge, does such a person have any moral standing to say some people are slowing the pace of justice?”