The proposed ‘Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management agency’ a new anti-corruption agency to manage recovered loot may be dead on arrival, as the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption(PACAC) has stoutly opposed it.
The committee headed by constitutional lawyer Prof. Itse Sagay has urged Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject the bill as it seeks the amendment of the EFCC Act.
In a statement, Professor Sagay argued that the proposed amendment of the Act would effectively turn the EFCC into a department in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
According to him the proposed amendment was part of “an ongoing very sinister and dangerous attempt to demolish the anti-corruption infrastructure of Nigeria and return it to the situation it was in during the dark days before 2015.”
“With all the above established facts, the gravity of the proposed change becomes overwhelming.
“When in addition to all this, we recall the well-known proclivity of the attorney-general for entering nolle prosequi in favour of major political and governmental figures, this move to effectively scrap the EFCC becomes more alarming.
“We therefore call on the National Assembly and all Nigerians to vigorously reject this attempt to perpetrate fraud on the nation by effectively scuttling the EFCC and shutting down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war.”