Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami ,has debunked statement that he need more power to regulate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other sister anti-corruption agency
Attorney General of the Federation, AGF who spoke through his spokesman, Umar Gwandu in a statement on Tuesday, said by virtue of the extant laws governing governmental operations, the AGF has “indisputable statutory powers to regulate the operations of the commissions without recourse to any additional legislations”.
He said Section 43 of the EFCC Act made it clear that: “The Attorney General of the Federation may make rules or regulations with respect to the exercise of any of the duties, functions or powers of the Commission under this Act”.
The aide noted that Malami believes in the doctrines of separation of powers and could not meddle into the affairs of legislature for megalomaniac sake.
“It is a global practice that the legislature may at their discretion spearhead the amendment of existing legislations in order to accommodate certain exigencies occasioned by contemporary realities and the need to improve performance to achieve best practices without any prompting from external organs of the government.”
The statement added that Malami’s priority “is to see to the effective execution of statutory mandates of supervising parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Justice in a way that make them function in the best interest of the general public.”