Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has said Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), will not allow Abdulrasheed Bawa, new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to operate freely.
He said Malami is known to always interfere in the activities of the commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
Sagay said this while speaking with The Punch on Wednesday.
He said Malami is a politician and is obliged to help some persons on the political scene. He explained that this may affect Bawa’s performance as Malami may influence him.
“This issue is a very big question because I noticed that that they both come from the same state of Kebbi and they may even be related. For me, that is not a very healthy thing because the chairman of the EFCC and the EFCC are supposed to be independent.
“They are not politicians, they are trained security officers. The attorney-general is a politician who has all the weaknesses and loads of a politician. He has people he is obliged to. He has people who are close to him. Some of them may be criminals who might have committed crimes. In fact, some of them may deliberately do things because they think they know the attorney-general.
“So, in such a situation, if Bawa is related to the attorney-general, then there will be a problem because he will not be able to do his job freely because the attorney-general will certainly interfere. He has already indicated his tendency to interfere in both the EFCC and the ICPC with the regulations he purported to make months ago. So, I am not comfortable at all that the possibility that they might be related.
“Malami has never been inclined to allow the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely. He is always sitting on their neck one way or the other. I have complained about that several times and nothing has happened. In fact, he has become more powerful. So, I will not be comfortable if they are related. I don’t want any outside influence on the EFCC or the ICPC,” he said.