Shake-up Imminent In EFCC As 850 Police Personnel May Return To Force Duties
With the nomination of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as the Chairman-designate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), 850 police officers seconded to the anti-graft commission may go back to the police force, THISDAY has learnt.
THISDAY checks showed that the likelihood of redeploying the police personnel is giving them jitters as many of them are afraid of being taken out of the “lucrative” posting.
However, resources stated whether or not or no longer the police personnel could be retained might be decided by Bawa after the Senate has showed his nomination.
Bawa, who changed into nominated by using President Muhammadu Buhari on February sixteen, is one of the pioneers of the EFCC Academy and the primary non-police officer picked to head the commission in view that its inception in 2003.
Bawa is said to were positioned under stress with the aid of EFCC operatives who are agitating that the police personnel should depart the fee for its skilled officials.
“The Inspector-General of Police had complained loudly about the shortage of employees for police duties. So, that is an opportunity to launch his personnel who aren't acting middle security responsibilities returned to force to reinforce it to perform its middle feature of defensive the citizenry from violent criminals that have certainly taken over our country,” an EFCC operative instructed THISDAY on the weekend.
Investigations show that Bawa may additionally collapse to the call for of his colleagues who had had a strolling war with the police personnel even as the fee was beneath the management of the police.
The commission had through the years trusted seconded body of workers from ministries, police and other organizations.
Presently, the team of workers power of the EFCC is two,220, spread across one-of-a-kind departments out of which about 850 are cops.
The former performing Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had in one of his budget defences lamented poor investment that averted the commission from recruiting 750 extra staff.
It turned into amassed that the recruitment become completed but did not meet the goal variety envisaged.
A police supply instructed THISDAY that the Chairman-designate could decide whether or not or no longer to work with the police or reduce the variety.
“It isn't always the duty of the police to decide that. The new chairman when cleared via the Senate and he resumes will make a decision on that.
“He may additionally decide to rely on EFCC operatives or reduce the variety of police officers,” the supply stated.
THISDAY checks at the EFCC additionally showed that the issue became also a issue.
An EFCC supply stated: “It is plain that it is for the incoming chairman to talk on that. I can not talk for him.”
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in price of Zone 10, Sokoto, Mr. Ali Janga, had hailed the nomination of Bawa because the chairman-designate, pronouncing that the nomination of a core workforce of the fee is evidence that the police have creditably discharged their duties of nurturing the commission to maturity.
The AIG spoke at the same time as receiving the Head, EFCC Sokoto Zonal Office, Mr. Bawa Kaltungo, and his crew that paid him a courtesy go to.
Janga said he become a number of the pioneer 23 officers that commenced the EFCC in 2003 and educated the pioneer Course 1 cadet officials.
An EFCC declaration said the zonal police boss assured the EFCC delegation of enhanced cooperation.
Kaltungo had solicited extra cooperation and support from the AIG, adding that the fee is desirous of leveraging on the strength of the police.
Meanwhile, some lawyers have entreated Bawa to imbibe the culture of transparency within the fee to reach his new mission.
The attorneys of their separate interviews with THISDAY on Bawa’s nomination urged him to be transparent to earn the trust, appreciate and support of the people.
They additionally suggested him to endeavour to concern himself and the fee to the laws.
“In my own humble view, the exceptional and simplest safe method is for him to give the best top rate to the rule of regulation. Once he permits the rule of thumb of law to be his watchword and preoccupation, he could easily navigate his way without the land mines that proved to be the Achilles’ heels of his predecessor(s) in office,” said Mr. Dayo Akinlaja (SAN).
Akinlaja also suggested Bawa to distance himself from the tendency to jettison the guideline of regulation inside the guise of looking to reap effects.
“It pays to follow due procedure inside the execution of official responsibilities. Without a doubt, there's no opportunity to obedience to court docket orders.
“The second he chooses to see the court docket as an appendage of the govt or a burden of a kind to its commission, there may be sure to be the penchant for disobedience to court docket orders,” he stated.
The senior attorney brought that if the new boss of the anti-graft agency is civil sufficient to subordinate the fee to the judiciary, on the understanding that Nigeria runs constitutional democracy, the hassle of disobedience to courtroom orders could now not stand up.
According to him, there is no need for media trial due to the fact it's miles a made from self-aggrandisement.
“He need to shun it. The imperative of in-residence cleansing have to no longer be misplaced on him as well. If he's aware enough of these kind of and others kindred to them, he stands a chance of making a positive distinction in the office,” he added.
An Abuja-based attorney, Mr. Steve Ekeh, whilst welcoming the appointment of Bawa, however, felt that the federal authorities should have decided on Magu’s destiny before appointing his alternative.
“It is a welcome improvement that a noticeable head is appointed for EFCC even though it would had been better if there was a closure to Magu’s generation through the authorities identifying Magu’s fate. As it is now, the Magu’s problem continues to be hanging and it isn't always top for the picture of the usa and the fee,” he said.
Ekeh referred to that one of the undoings of Magu was his engagement in showboating, media trials and lack of transparency on recovered loots and assets.
He also charged Bawa to make sure probity and transparency in the management of recovered loots and belongings.
Another Abuja-based totally lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Obasi-Nweze, said the simplest way Bawa should keep away from the pitfalls of his predecessor changed into to be obvious.
“If you are transparent and you tell the truth continually, no person can efficiently set you up due to the fact the truth will always succeed. Public offices aren't shrouded in secrecy,” Obasi-Nweze stated.[NewsNaira]