By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FORMER Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has urged the Federal Government to restructure the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make it more effective, saying the anti-graft agency under the leadership of Mr Ibrahim Lamorde was championing falsehood.

The elder etatesman and a lawyer also called on the Legal Practitioners Ethics and Privilege Committee to as a matter of urgency commence a periodic review of all those that have been conferred with the revered title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

Chief Edwin Clark

Addressing newsmen in his Asokoro Abuja residence, yesterday, Clark said: “As someone who has religiously campaigned against corruption and falsehood in Nigeria, I find it unacceptable that the very institution set up to fight these social vices headed by Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde is now championing falsehood. In the light of this, I demand an immediate restructuring of EFCC so as not to make the International community view our anti-corruption agencies as ineffective.

On conferment of SAN

Chief Clark, who also expressed his disappointment over the conduct of some Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, said: “For sometimes now, some senior members of the Bar and my humble self, have been showing our displeasure at the conducts of some Senior Advocates of Nigeria, particularly the way they slavishly obey their client in bringing frivolous and incompetent applications before our courts simply for personal interest.

“Femi Falana, SAN, this week further raised alarm on the impunity perpetuated by not only the Senior Advocates of Nigeria but leaders of the Nigerian Bar Association. Not too long ago, the profession was embarrassed by the news of two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mamien Dodo and Ade Okeya-Inneh for fighting in open court over a brief.

“I will also in the same breath salute the courage of Justice G.O. Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja for his steadfastness and good faith in the dispensation of justice as the failed attempt by EFCC against my person was nothing but a ploy to stifle good conscience, freedom of speech and expression.

“As a lawyer of almost 50 years, I am conscious of the law in our juris Corpus. I appreciate and respect every judicial process to determine every case on its own merit.

‘’I have never and will never wittingly or unwittingly do any act to prejudice any pending suit or bring down the sacred institution of the judiciary.

‘’I am also fully aware of my right and will not hesitate to state it as it is as the truth will continue to flow from me like water and I won’t hesitate to state that any attempt to stop me, the same truth will become a flood.”


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