Abuja: Amid calls for a complete overhaul of
the country`s anti-corruption body, Nigeria`s parliament has
commenced a debate on a bill to replace the chairman of the
The speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, said that debate on the
planned replacement of Farida Wazirias as chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was going on
in the National Assembly, even as he insisted that public
opinion would guide the House in its decisions.
"The House has no intention to force anything on anybody.
The House is always guided by consensus of opinions of the
public," he said.
The law that set up the EFCC allows a senior officer of
the oil rich African country`s police force to head the body
but the parliamentarians have proposed that only a retired
judge of the country’s supreme court would be the chairman.
The EFCC was established in Nigeria in 2003 to
investigate crimes like advanced fee fraud and money
The agency has been criticised recently for not
fulfilling its obligations.
US-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released
late August that the EFCC has arraigned 30 nationally
prominent political figures on corruption charges, including
15 former state governors but many of those cases have made
little progress in the courts and not a single politician is
serving prison time for any of these alleged crimes.
The group said the anti-graft commission has secured four
convictions of senior political figures, but they have faced
relatively little or no prison time even as other politicians
widely implicated in corruption have not been indicted.