EFCC faults court ruling stripping it of powers to probe serving judges

EFCC Custody

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has faulted the ruling of an Appeal Court that it has no powers to either investigate or prosecute serving judges and other judicial officers.

The Appeal Court in a landmark judgement, in an alleged bribery case of a High Court judge, Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa, said EFCC is only empowered to investigate or prosecute only judicial officers dismissed by the national judicial commission.

EFCC which arraigned the judge for allegedly collecting bribes, said it will challenge the Appeal Court’s judgement at the Supreme Court.

The anti-graft agency in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, described the judgement as a dangerous precedent that has no basis in law.

It accused the Appeal Court of attempting to give immunity to public officials from prosecution for alleged corruption.

Uwujaren said the EFCC was confident that the Supreme Court would upturn the judgment.

“Criminal trial takes precedence over administrative procedures and it is strange that the Court of Appeal wants to put the cart before the horse.

“This is ridiculous! The appellate court simply wants to confer immunity on public officers from prosecution for corruption; it will not stand,” he said.

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