Northern Group Accuses EFCC of Selective Probe

A group, Buhari Northern Youth Awareness Forum (BNYAF) yesterday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of making selective probe.

Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, the group said the EFCC in the past two years had targeted the north for its probe of alleged corrupt people, while leaving out the south.

The group’s Coordinator, Muhammad Lawal urged the anti-graft agency to widen the scope of its investigation since all the zones served in the last administration.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari came to power with integrity and a desire to fight corruption at all levels in the country. Therefore, it is very unfortunate that some people entrusted with fighting corruption have compromised on the change agenda of the current administration.

“The corruption in the past administrations were perpetrated by people across the diverse ethnic, regional and religious divides. We believe that the EFCC, under Ibrahim Magu, is being directed by some powerful individuals to derail from the track.

The group further alleged that some lawyers from a particular section of the country have constituted themselves into authority in influencing the EFCC to decide who is corrupt and who is not.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has donated some training and research materials to the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, (ACAN).

ACAN is the training and research arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The materials include book copies of a survey on corruption carried out in Nigeria by UNODC, in conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics and copies of anti-corruption literature and corruption-prevention training manuals.


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