By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says he does not need extra powers to supervise the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies in the country.
Malami made this disclosure via a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, in which he posited that there was no need seeking amendment to the current Economic and Financial Crime (Establishment) Act 2004, nor did he need to seek to sponsor any bill for “more powers to control the commission”, as he already had enough statutory powers to regulate the operations of the commission without recourse to any additional legislation.
The AGF noted that: “Section 43 of the EFCC Act has made it abundantly clear that ‘the Attorney General of the Federation may make rules or regulations with respect to the exercise of any of the duties, functions or powers of the Commission under this Act’,” the statement read in part.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice believes in the doctrines of separation of powers as an epitome character of the democratic administration and could not, therefore, meddle into the affairs of the legislature for megalomaniac sake”.
The AGF, however, pointed out that legislative reviews were normal practices in democratic climes, especially when new realities necessitated the amendment of existing laws, adding that his office recognized its duty as the supervisor of all the parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Justice in a way that would make them function in the best interest of the general public.