Following the recent high profile corruption cases lost by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the anti-graft agency on how to stop the trend.
Obasanjo gave the advice on Sunday while hosting members of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun Chapter, at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta.
OrijoReporter recalled that last week, a Federal High Court ordered the unfreezing of ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s account, which harbours the sum of $5.8m.
Similarly, Justice Abulazeez Anka of a Federal High Court in Lagos vacated a freeze order on the account of Mike ozekhome SAN, after initially ordering a temporary forfeiture of N75m found in his Guarantee Trust Bank account on the grounds that it was proceeds of crime.
Advising EFCC on how to avert the trend, Obasanjo said, “The reason EFCC lose cases is because they engage lot of lawyers outside the commission. I believe that they need staunch, ogbologbo lawyers inside that will do the work.
“If I am a lawyer and I want the opponent to win a case, I will deliberately file a wishy-washy case.
“Secondly, thorough investigation is important. Third, our judges must be committed in fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have ogbologbo lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.”
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