Nigerian governors hire lawyers against EFCC over security votes

The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, has engaged the services of legal practitioners to challenge the intrusion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, into the security votes of state governors.

Fielding questions on EFCC’s investigation of security votes of some governors, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State said the matter was discussed at the governors forum meeting.
“It was discussed at the governors forum and the position is that we will have our lawyers see the legality of doing that. After giving us the report, then we will see the next line of action to take,’’ he said at the end of Thursday’s national executive council meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.
This was corroborated by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who stated that governors at their meeting on Wednesday night deliberated on the way the anti-graft agencies had been waging the war against corruption in the country.
He said that the governors resolved that both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corruption and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, must adhere strictly to due process.
While insisting that the agencies must not engage in illegalities, Yari berated the EFCC for freezing the accounts of both Benue and Akwa Ibom states, adding that even President Muhammadu Buhari will not support the illegalities perpetrated by the agencies.
He said while the governors supported the present administration’s effort to curtail corruption, they were however not comfortable with some of the actions taken by the nation’s anti-corruption agencies.
According to the NGF chair, “We believe strongly that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari would not sit down and supervise this illegality in the system.
“What we are saying is that we all support the government to fight corruption because it is endemic and has retarded the nation for over six decades. Definitely, it was part of what we discussed.
“What we are saying now is that we are going to support the government in terms of what it is doing to fight corruption, but due process must be respected in whatever action the agencies are going to take in the name of fighting corruption. That is the position of the governors,” he said.

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