Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Local News

EFCC Has No Power To Investigate Any State's Finances - Legal Practitioners

Mixed reactions have started trailing a recent court judgement that says Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) has no powers to investigate Finances of any State Government in Nigeria.

Two Legal Practitioners, Mr Sam Adeniji and Mr Peter Alamu stated this while featuring on the BCOS News and Current Affairs Daily Live Television Programme, AM120, and expressed divergent opinions on the recent judgement by a High Court in Ekiti State.

Mr Sam Adeniji in his contribution pointed out that the EFCC did not really have the powers to investing in the Country since the constitution did not accord the Anti-Corruption Commission such powers.

He argued further that only the State Houses of Assembly are given the powers to investigate the Finances of their States or to invite the EFCC to investigate any form of financial corruption in their States.

Mr Peter Alamu in his defence explained that their constitution has given powers to the EFCC to investigate finances of any organization or individual in the Country stressing that State Government is part of an organization referred to in the EFCC acts.

The two lawyers, however, agreed that various State Governments have powers to establish their own Anti-corruption Agencies.