Agbakoba Urges Justice Minister Fagbemi to Restructure EFCC and ICPC
Renowned lawyer and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has called on the newly appointed Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, to address the issue of overlapping responsibilities between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
In a recent statement, Agbakoba emphasized the importance of streamlining the functions of these two anti-corruption agencies. He highlighted the need to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure a more efficient and effective fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Agbakoba pointed out that both the EFCC and ICPC share similar objectives, which include investigating and prosecuting cases of economic and financial crimes. However, the current setup leads to redundancy and a waste of valuable resources. He stressed the importance of reevaluating the roles and responsibilities of each agency to eliminate any overlaps and foster better collaboration.
The senior lawyer proposed that the EFCC should focus primarily on investigating and prosecuting high-profile financial crimes, while the ICPC should concentrate on addressing corruption cases within the public sector. This division of labor would allow for specialization and more targeted efforts in combating corruption.
Agbakoba also recommended the establishment of a coordinating body that would oversee the activities of both agencies. This body would ensure effective coordination, exchange of information, and joint efforts in tackling corruption.
Furthermore, he emphasized the need for adequate funding and resources for these agencies to carry out their mandates effectively. By providing them with the necessary tools and support, the government can demonstrate its commitment to fighting corruption and promoting transparency.
In conclusion, Agbakoba’s call for the restructuring of the EFCC and ICPC highlights the importance of optimizing Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts. By eliminating duplication and enhancing collaboration, the country can strengthen its fight against economic and financial crimes, ultimately leading to a more transparent and accountable society.