A group, Global Forum for Accountability and Transparency, has faulted the recommendation by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should henceforth be headed by non-police officers.
According to the group, the recommendation is a ploy to weaken the Commission.
It also argued that for headship of the EFCCA to be a non Police officer is to finally ground the EFCC, insisting that it is counterproductive to the anti corruption fight.
The Convener of the group, Joseph Ambakederimo stated this in a statement on Sunday, arguing that “the EFCC is a law enforcement agency, therefore for anyone to have recommended the headship to be a non Police officer is deeply troubling”.
According to him, these recommendations were not part of the terms of reference of the panel, adding that the anti-graft agency cannot carry out its functions effectively without the backing of the Police.
The group, while expressinv concern that the recommendations as pushed by “this emerging cabal to the President are not foolproof afterall”, insisting that, what is needes for the EFCC is an outstanding Police Officer that knows his or her onion and would be desirous to leave a lasting legacy for future generations to imbibe his or her footprints.
The group said further in the statement: “It is no surprise that the submission of the Hon. Justice Salami report on the investigation of the former Acting Chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu to President Muhammad Buhari would draw flacks from many quarters due largely to the premeditated recommendations contained in the final report.