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Group to Buhari: Don't Use EFCC for Persecution

A Civil Rights Group, Transparency Coalition of Nigeria (TCN) has called on the President-elect, General Mohammed Buhari, to insulate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from being manipulated by politicians to witch-hunt perceived enemies when he assumed office.

In a statement issued by its Secretary General, Mr. Peter Gimba, in Abuja, on Tuesday, the TCN said it was concerned about the use of the EFCC for political purposes by the executive arm, in years past, an act it said had undermined the credibility of the anti-crime commission and attempts to enshrine transparency in all government business.

“The reasons for the establishment of the EFCC remains genuine and the case for the commission remains strong. However, the perceived use of the EFCC by the executive to muzzle or intimidate its real or perceived opponents into submission is a worrisome development that has diminished public confidence in the EFCC and raised questions about the government’s commitment to due process, accountability and transparency,” the TCN said.

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