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"EFCC must apologise for Kano arrests"

02 January 2014, 09:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Grassroot Anti-corruption and Awareness Network Initiative (GACANI), a non-governmental organisation, demanded that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) apologized to the Kano State for the recent arrests of some lawmakers.

“The arrest of the lawmakers for exercising their constitutional responsibility was a clear demonstration of abuse of power, disregard for principles and values of democracy. We call on the EFCC to apologise to the members of the state Assembly and the entire people of Kano for the unconstitutional act of persecutions,” GACANI chairman, Alhaji Muhyi Magaji said.

He said the call was necessary because the arrest of the 11 principal officers of the house by the Commission was unconstitutional.

“The constitution guarantees the separation of power in order to promote check and balances,” he said.

Magaji stressed the need for the anti-graft body to appreciate the principles of justice, equity and fairness in the discharge of its duty in order to “win back its lost glory and public confidence.”

“These are critical to its success otherwise it will continue to be seen as nothing but political thugs in official form. In as much as we support any move to fight corruption we must as well condemn in totality the abuse of power in the name of fight against corruption.”

He said the claim by the Commission that the Supplementary Bill was aimed at covering unauthorised expenditure was quite “unfortunate or rather myopic.”

“If they were serious in their assertion, they ought to have been more concern about those involved in the alleged unauthorised expenditures instead of stopping duly elected legislative house from discharging its constitutional duties. Not even a court has the right to restrain the legislature from performing its responsibilities.”

– CAJ News


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