Politics Senate Set To Amend EFCC, ICPC Acts

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The Senate yesterday moved to amend the Acts establishing the anti-corruption agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

The upper legislative chamber subsequently warned all anti-corruption agencies to henceforth operate independently without any external influence in order to avoid being viewed as an instrument for political witch-hunt, and directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to review all laws relating to economic/financial crimes and corruption, towards achieving speedy dispensation of justice.

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The move followed a motion entitled, “The need for Legislative Support to Government’s Anti-corruption Drive”, sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, representing Taraba South.

The Senate also directed its standing committees on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, and Drugs and Narcotics, to liaise with the anti-graft bodies, “namely EFCC and ICPC on how the legislature can best support them to deliver effectively on their mandate”.
 
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