Civil Society Tasks NASS On EFCC Indepedence

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The Civil Society Club of Nigeria (CISOCON) on Friday urged the National Assembly to come up with a law that would guarantee the independence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The National Coordinator of CISOCON, Mr. Babatunde Ashafa, told newsmen in Lagos that “the best way to strengthen the EFCC is to guarantee its independence as an institution.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday sacked Mrs. Farida Waziri as the chairman of the commission and appointed Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde as the acting chairman.

Ashafa said that the appointment and subsequent removal of the head of the commission should be made a legislative function rather than that of the executive.

He also said that such a law should make it possible for the chief executive of the commission to be picked from any profession.

“What Nigeria needs is not necessarily a retired police officer heading the commission. Credibility and pedigree should be the basis of choice of the individual that heads the commission,’’ he said.

HE observed that the greatest challenge facing the nation was curbing corruption and care must be taken over the institution directly in charge of the challenge.