Court Declines To Order AGF To Investigate Past EFCC Chairmen

Immediate Past EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Larmode
Immediate Past EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Larmode

Justice Abba-Bello Muhammad of the FCT High Court, Jabi, has struck out an application seeking an order to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, to investigate past chairmen of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, over corruption allegations.

The Judge said that the applicant does not have the locus standi to compel the AGF to investigate anyone.

The application was filed by a private legal practitioner, Frank Tietie, on behalf of George Uboh and George Uboh Whistle blower Network.

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Delivering his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Muhammad ruled that the applicants have no power under the provisions of the law to decide for the AGF who to prosecute.

“I have examined the application of the applicants seeking an order of the court to commence an action of mandamus on the respondents.

“Applicant must have a locus standi before such an application can be granted,’’ the judge said.

According to Muhammad, section 383 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, was specific on when a private legal practitioner could compel the AGF to investigate an individual.

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The applicants had approached the court praying it to exercise its powers under Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution and order the AGF to investigate and prosecute past and present EFCC chairmen.

Among those listed for investigation were Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri,Ibrahim Larmode, Ibrahim Magu and Access Bank Plc.

According to the applicants, the EFCC chairmen were fraudulent, and refused to account for recovered money in accordance with Section 15, 16,and 17 of the EFCC Act.

The plaintiffs said that the respondent owed them a duty to prosecute the EFCC chairmen.

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The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, quoted the applicants as claiming that available evidence showed that Ribadu, Waziri, Lamorde, Magu and Access Bank had committed “serious acts of fraud and corruption.”