In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, July, 2020

EFCC’s Historical past Of Chairpersons With Unceremonious Exits

EFCC’s History Of Chairpersons With Unceremonious Exits

For the reason that institution of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee in 2003 to research monetary crimes in Nigeria, the company has been entrenched in controversy, partly for its strategy in combating corruption, which specialists have described as “selective” and for the character of individuals that steer its affairs.

Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu was the pioneer Chairperson of the EFCC beginning his tenure in 2003 on the occasion of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

He turned the poster boy for Nigeria’s try to redeem its picture in the attention of the worldwide group a couple of years after the return to democratic rule. 

Throughout his time as EFCC Chairman, Ribadu, who was a profession regulation enforcement officer with the Nigeria Police Power, didn’t attraction a 2007 courtroom ruling that sought to cease the EFCC from investigating alleged crimes by former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili. The ruling derailed what has been described by the Human Rights Watch as essentially the most vital case within the historical past of the fee with the capability to safe extra convictions for the EFCC sooner or later.

The courtroom additionally restrained the anti-graft company from probing the funds of the Rivers State Authorities, which has continued to be in impact so far. 

In 2016, Ribadu whereas presenting the lead paper on the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Regulation Chambers of Joe Kyari Gadzama in Abuja mentioned some outstanding legal professionals within the nation intentionally prevented him from waging a warfare in opposition to corrupt former governors and politicians due to the pursuits. He named them as, “Lots of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, teamed up with politicians to wage very severe propaganda to discredit the work we have been doing…Take the case of Mr Michael Aondoakaa, whose most cardinal agenda because the AGF gave the impression to be destroying EFCC by each means doable and irritating all of the circumstances.”

Ribadu fell out of favour with the powers that be in December 2007 and was compelled out of workplace two weeks after he tried to prosecute highly effective former Delta State governor, James Ibori, a detailed affiliate of Obasanjo’s successor in workplace, Umaru Yar’Adua.

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In a broadly publicised ousting, he was compelled out of a commencement ceremony by safety operatives on the Nationwide Institute for Coverage and Strategic Research, Kuru, Plateau State. He was demoted by the police after which retired.

Farida Waziri

Farida Waziri’s appointment in Might 2008 shortly after Nuhu Ribadu was booted out was clouded by allegations that she was sponsored by ex-governors similar to James Ibori and George Akume, former governor of Benue State, to cowl up their cash laundering and fraud fees earlier than the fee.

Waziri didn’t safe convictions for top profile circumstances involving former governors already instituted by her predecessor. Her appointment, SaharaReporters gathered, on the time was on the occasion of Bukola Saraki, former Kwara State governor, Ibori and Akume; all of who had corruption circumstances with the EFCC on the time and proceed to take action in 2020.

She allegedly issued letters of official clearance to Ibori, who has since been convicted of fraud and cash laundering in the UK regardless of Nigeria’s failure to take action. Waziri additionally reportedly issued clearance to Victor Attah, former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, who’s wished within the UK.

Waziri additional issued clearance to Victor Uwajeh, an Abuja based mostly businessman, to behave as a advisor for the EFCC to assist examine circumstances of politically uncovered individuals. Uwajeh used the authorisation to blackmail a number of politicians and businessmen, inflicting public outrage and forcing the EFCC to prosecute him.

Her tumultuous reign as Tzar of Nigeria’s anti-graft company triggered worldwide donors and companions to hesitate in coping with the nation. In a single incident, former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, walked out of a gathering with the then International Affairs Minister, Ojo Madueke,  due to Waziri’s presence.

Waziri was sacked by former President Goodluck Jonathan on November 23, 2011. He cited “nationwide curiosity” as the rationale for her dismissal. 

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Sources say her elimination isn’t unconnected to her alleged makes an attempt to dismiss circumstances of corrupt people, thereby bringing Nigeria to disrepute within the worldwide group.

Ibrahim Lamorde

Ibrahim Lamorde changed Waziri on November 23, 2011, as appearing chairperson of the EFCC.

He turned embroiled in controversy in 2015 after the Nigerian Senate alleged that $5bn (£three.2bn) had gone lacking on the EFCC.

A Senate committee led by Senator Peter Nwaboshi on the time alleged Lamorde diverted property and money recovered by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee. The investigative panel was arrange on the occasion of George Uboh, a outstanding whistleblower.

He was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 9, 2015, and changed with Ibrahim Magu.

Shortly after his sack, the Nigerian Senate in February 2016 licensed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, headed by Senator Sam Anyanwu, to difficulty a warrant of arrest on Lamorde for allegedly misappropriating N1trn throughout his time as head of the anti-corruption company.

Regardless of the allegations in opposition to him, he was by no means arrested by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu, the just lately suspended chairperson of the EFCC was first appointed as appearing chairman of the fee in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian Senate refused to verify Magu as chairman of the company attributable to “safety reviews” by regulation enforcement companies within the nation. He’s additionally identified to have a public spat with Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Legal professional-Normal.

The DSS in a 2016 report revealed that Magu was residing in a N40m mansion.

“In December 2010, the Police Service Fee (PSC) discovered Magu responsible of motion prejudicial to state safety – withholding of EFCC recordsdata, sabotage, unauthorized elimination of EFCC recordsdata and acts unbecoming of a police officer and awarded him extreme reprimand as punishment. 

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“Magu is presently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This lodging was not paid [for] from the fee’s funds, however by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Growth Authority to award a contract to Africa Vitality, a firm owned by the identical Mohammed, to furnish the residence on the price of N43m.

“Investigations present that the appearing EFCC chairman often embarked on official and personal journeys via a personal jet owned by Mohammed.

“In certainly one of such journeys, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a financial institution MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the instant previous petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. 

“Moreover, the EFCC boss has up to now maintained a high-profile way of life. That is exemplified by his choice for first-class air travels. On 24 June 2016, he flew Emirate airways first-class to Saudi Arabia to carry out lesser hajj at the price of N2.9m. That is regardless of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economic system class.

“Magu has fostered a helpful relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches purchasers for doable exploitation, favours, and related returns,” the DSS report mentioned.

On July 6, 2020, Magu was arrested by operatives of the Division of State Companies and the Nigeria Police Power and pushed to the Presidential Villa the place he was made to reply questions on alleged corruption in opposition to him.

He was detained in a single day and on July 7 was suspended from his place as chairman of the company pending the completion of the investigation.

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