Okonjo Iweala, Odili and a Former Governor to be Summoned by EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, under the leadership of its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has vowed to reopen the trial of high profile politicians whose corruption cases have been pending due to court injunctions. A source from the anti-graft agency, while speaking with Vanguard, stressed that top on the list of those whose cases are to be reopened, is former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, who secured a perpetual injunction from a federal judge stopping the EFCC from probing his eight-year tenure for alleged corrupt practices. Justice Ibrahim Buba had granted a perpetual injunction barring the anti-graft agency from investigating corrupt allegations leveled against the former governor.
The agency however filed an appeal against the ruling, which has not made any progress since it was instituted over four years ago. The source from the commission noted that Magu’s administration has vowed to remove all hindrances in reopening the cases and similar ones in its attempt to bring the suspected corrupt past officials to book.
The new Criminal Justice Administration Act of 2015 has removed the stumbling blocks to prosecuting those who defrauded the nation, the source said.
“Let it be made clear that the EFCC will go after all cases that are deserving of investigation. There is nothing like perpetual injunctions anymore in our criminal administration justice code. We have a duty to investigate all cases since we are empowered by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to investigate all such corruption-related cases and that is what we are asked to do. We are empowered by Section 15 of the new Criminal Justice Administration Act to investigate all cases irrespective of injunctions. We cannot be stopped,” the source said.
The insider further said top officials during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, who looted huge amount of public fund would be summoned for questioning.
Among those slated for questioning are former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy in the last administration, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and some former officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, who were involved in the illicit transfer of funds to the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

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