An advocacy group, Socio – Economic Rights and Accountability Project , has urged the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), to halt an executive bill seeking to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act .
SERAP said it believed the amendment , which seeks to bring the EFCC under the control of the Attorney General of the Federation in the Ministry of Justice , would turn the anti – graft agency into a toothless bulldog .
In an open letter on Sunday by its Deputy Director , Kolawole Oludare , to Buhari , SERAP recalled that the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption , Prof . Itse Sagay (SAN ), had last week expressed concern about the effect of the proposed executive bill .
SERAP called on Buhari to instruct the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN ), to immediately withdraw the executive bill .
It said , “ By pushing to turn the EFCC into a department in the Federal Ministry of Justice , and effectively bring it under the control of the Attorney General ; and to subject the appointment of the agency ’ s head to the approval of the Directorate of State Security , your government will seem to indicate that it is not interested in combating corruption and halting its putrefying effects.
“ This bill is entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [ as amended ] and the country ’ s international anti – corruption obligations , including under the UN Convention against Corruption and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party. ”