By Amos Dunia
A political pressure group on the aegis of Buhari Northern Youth Awareness Forum (BNYAF), said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been hijacked by Professor Itse Sagay and Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN.
The group also said that the EFCC under Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman is equally taking directives from APC National leader and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu with regards to who to probe.
It said the development has resulted in the probe of only Northerners thereby exonerating financial crimes offenders from the South-wWest.
Coordinator of the group, Comrade Muhammad Lawal, who said these at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, said that it is clear that the EFCC under Magu is being directed, stirred by directives by Tinubu but deliberately violating directives of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the federation and defying rules of the Constitution thereby shows distrustfulness and disrespect to President Buhari and the administration
According to Lawal; “More shocking is the fact that the EFCC is muscle by men of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, PACC, like Prof. Itse sagay and some lawyers under the guise of Human Rights like Falana and their cohorts.
“They have constitute themselves into authority in deciding who is corrupt and who is not thereby unilaterally deciding who the EFCC should invite, investigate and/or prosecute without due regard to rule of law or constitutionalism.
“It is known that corruption in past administrations is universal and therefore perpetrated by people across ethnic, regional and religious divides, unfortunately, what we witness now is the fact that fighting corruption and corrupt people was done against some people in the North while exonerating perpetrators from the West.
“It is a known fact that the administration of President Muhammad Buhari came to power with integrity and desire to fight corruption at all levels in the country.
“It is very unfortunate to see how some people whom Mr President entrusted with fighting corruption are undermining the change agenda of the present administration.
“In particular we have observed how the institution like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has engaged in selective investigations and prosecution of people who are perceived to be against the interests of people.”