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ACF cautions Reps over EFCC Act

By Sam Eyoboka
AS the House of Representatives is proposing to amend Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Act, national Vice Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Senator John Waku, weekend, cautioned members of the House to thread softly to avoid creating the impression that the lawmakers are only interested in shielding their colleagues being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency over corruption.

The ACF chieftain, who gave the advice in a statement, said even if the lawmakers have a genuine reason to amend the law, the timing is already suggestive of some ulterior motives.

Waku said: “It is public knowledge that EFCC has of recent charged a significant number of serving and past members of the House to court over alleged involvement in corruption cases. These people are bitter and naturally will want to fight back.

“The only logical thing is to mobilise their colleagues on the floor of the House to engage the EFCC leadership or whittle down its powers.

“As such, if the House is now initiating proce-sses to amend the EFCC Act with full concen-tration on qualifications of who occupies the position of the Commission’s chairman, the only logical conclusion that can be drawn is that the process is targeting the current head of the agency for obvious reasons.”

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