EFCC kicks against the creation of the Electoral Offences Commission
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has opposed the creation of a National Electoral Offences Commission.
Abdulrasheed Bawa (Chairman of EFCC) was represented by Deborah Ademu–Eteh, EFCC Assistant Commander at a public hearing that was organized by the house committee on electoral matters to consider a bill to create the National Electoral Offences Commission. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, the police, EFCC, and other law enforcement agencies were already empowered by existing laws to investigate and prosecute electoral crimes.
“There is no need to create an agency solely for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting electoral offences most especially when our electoral process is seasonal in nature and elections are held once in four years in the country.
“Furthermore, it is our suggestion that the existing law enforcement agencies should be strengthened to achieve maximum output instead of creating a new agency for investigation and prosecution of electoral offences in the light of the ongoing plan to implement the Oronsanye Committee’s proposal by the Federal Government Of Nigeria.”