The Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) headed by constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay, has urged Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject the proposed Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill, seeking amendment to the EFCC Act.
The Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, condemned the bill which the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said when approved by the National Assembly will move the fight against corruption to the next level.
Reading sinister motive to the bill, PACAC in a statement by Professor Sagay, argued that the proposed amendment of the Act was part of an “ongoing very sinister and dangerous attempt to demolish the anti-corruption infrastructure of Nigeria and return it to the situation it was in during the dark days before 2015.”
Sagay said the proposed amendment would effectively turn the EFCC into a department in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“With all the above established facts, the gravity of the proposed change becomes overwhelming. When in addition to all this, we recall the well-known proclivity of the attorney-general for entering nolle prosequi in favour of major political and governmental figures, this move to effectively scrap the EFCC becomes more alarming. We therefore call on the National Assembly and all Nigerians to vigorously reject this attempt to perpetrate fraud on the nation by effectively scuttling the EFCC and shutting down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war”, he said.