Bill To Establish EFCC Court Passes Second Reading
Nigeria's National Assembly is not totally against the Economic and Financial crimes Commission.
While the Senate said NO to its Acting Chairman, the House of Representatives is seeking to improve the agency's operations.
On Wednesday, the Senate refused for a second time to approve the appointment of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the agency.
The amendment of the Act would make way for the establishment of an anti-graft agency’s court to strengthen the fight against corruption.
While the Senate quizzed Mr Magu, the House was busy deliberating on the bill meant to amend the Act.
The bill at the House sponsored by Bede Uchenna (Imo-PDP) and four other lawmakers, would ensure quick recovery procedure for stolen assets.
Leading the debate on the motion on Wednesday, Uchenna said that the bill also sought to implement active pursuit of cases, build capacity and improve trust with EFCC’s foreign counterparts.
In his contribution, Mohammed Mongonu said the bill was as a result of the “delay-attitude’’ of the regular courts in the administration of justice.
He said rather than establishing the EFCC court, the house should emphasis and canvass for attitudinal change in the dispensation of justice.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara, directed that the bill should be forwarded to the Committee on Financial Crimes for further action.