The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has accused Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, of halting high-profile criminal cases.
The PACAC, in a statement signed by Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Committee, and released by the Communications Unit of the committee, said this on Wednesday while reacting to the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the committee, the proposed amendment of the Act was part of “an ongoing very sinister and dangerous attempt to demolish the anti-corruption infrastructure of Nigeria and return it to the situation it was in during the dark days before 2015”.
The committee said those behind the move “are the representatives of the corrupt establishment that brought this country to its knees and subjected us to humiliation as a result of an extremely negative reputation internationally”.
It urged the National Assembly and Nigerians to reject the proposed amendment.
The statement partly read: “With all the above-established facts, the gravity of the proposed change becomes overwhelming.
“When in addition to all this, we recall the well-known proclivity of the attorney-general for entering nolle procequi in favour of major political and governmental figures, this move to effectively scrap the EFCC becomes more alarming.”
Offensive highlights of the proposed bill, according to PACAC, include, “the repeal of the current EFCC Establishment Act, which has been a spectacular success and has brought Nigeria into limelight as a major force against corruption.”
The committee added that the bill proposed the scrapping of the commission and replacing it with a weak agency, which would be effectively a department in a Federal Ministry of Justice under the AGF.
It listed the weaknesses in the proposed bill to include, “The replacement of the Executive Chairman of the EFCC with a director-general, who is effectively to be appointed by the attorney-general eliminates the EFCC’s freedom and autonomy, and replaces it with an entity under the complete control of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General”.
“We therefore call on the National Assembly and all Nigerians to vigorously reject this attempt to perpetrate fraud on the nation by effectively scuttling the EFCC and shutting down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war,” the statement added.