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EFCC boss denies spoiling judges' images

26 February 2016, 17:44Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reassured lawyers and judges comments attributed to him in recent media reports regarding the conduct of judicial officials were not intended at tarnishing their integrity.

Magu was recently quoted in the media as saying judicial officers were hindering the drives against corruption.

On Friday, he said his comments were directed at “a few bad eggs within the system.”

“There is no way one can make a blanket statement on the integrity of lawyers and judges. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers and judges on the African continent. My worry is that the bad ones amongst them are giving the good ones a bad name,” Magu said.

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He emphasised the commission appreciated the support of most conscientious, upright and patriotic members of the bar and bench, including defence counsels, leading to the commission's unbeaten prosecution and conviction record.

Magu stated further that, mindful of the fact that judges are constrained from publicly responding to criticism against them, the commission only employed legal and administrative procedures, including investigation of errant judicial officers and laying complaints against them before the National Judicial Council (NJC).

As such, Magus said the commission has charged to court and secured convictions against a number of lawyers.

“There is no blanket condemnation of lawyers and judges. The corrupt few will not be spared.”

- CAJ News


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