Governorship candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), in the April 2007 elections, Lanre Banjo, has accused the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, of destroying his credibility by violating laws relating to the trial of alleged corrupt leaders to satisfy the caprices of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, the National Assembly should amend the laws establishing the body to prevent the emergence of sacred cows who may wish to circumvent the laws of the commission.
He said the laws should be amended such that it would be a crime for any helmsman of the commission to refuse to investigate any petition sent against anybody to it.
According to him, “Ribadu also violated the people’s right to please Obasanjo.”
He wondered why the EFCC chairman did not act when the former president asked him to act in relation to the corrupt governors’ list presented to him.
In an interview with Sunday Independent, Banjo said the currents travails of the EFCC chairman was the result of the seed planted by Obasanjo to influence the running of the anti-corruption crusade while he was in power.
To avoid the personalisation of the operations of the EFCC, he urged the National Assembly to amend the laws establishing the commission to make it function more effectively with whoever heads it being able to be subjected to periodic screening by the legislature.
Said he: “To re-build the commission, Ribadu could be in Kuru and the other officials in the commission could be meeting with him during weekends where he can still direct the affairs of the commission right form Kuru until a patriotic Nigerian with guts is found to replace him.”
Banjo said placing the EFCC under the control of the president would make it possible for the state to manipulate the chairman and make him a sacred cow.