The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has stated that the Workplace of the Lawyer-Common of the Federation has constitutional energy to takeover any prison case at any stage of investigation.
Mr Tony Orilade, Spokesman of the fee made this recognized in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
Orilade was reacting to the takeover of the case of alleged N25 billion fraud filed towards former Gombe State Governor, Sen. Danjuma Goje by the fee.
In accordance with Orilade, by advantage of the prevailing legislation, the workplace of the attorney-general of the federation has the ability to takeover any prison case at any stage.
“And that's precisely what has occurred”.
The OAGF had on Friday taken over the case of alleged N25 billion fraud filed towards Sen. Goje (APC-Gombe Central).
Goje was till Thursday final week, a contender for the publish of the President of the Senate.
He withdrew from the race after assembly with President Muhammadu Buhari and instantly endorsed his rival Ahmad Lawan (APC-Yobe).
Part 174 (1a) of the 1999 Structure States that the Lawyer-Common of the Federation shall have the ability “To institute and undertake prison proceedings towards any individual earlier than any court docket of legislation in Nigeria, apart from a court-martial, in respect of any offence created by or below any Act of the Nationwide Meeting.”
Whereas subsection (1b) says “to takeover and proceed any such proceedings that will have been instituted by every other authority or individual”.
The case, which was earlier than Justice Babatunde Quadiri of Jos Federal Excessive Courtroom II, had even gone to the Jos Courtroom of Attraction over the remaining two depend prices out of 21 filed towards him by EFCC.
The Appellate Courtroom is but to repair a date for the listening to of the attraction.
When the case got here up for an emergency listening to earlier than Justice Quadiri, the EFCC Counsel, Mr Wahab Shittu, advised Courtroom that the company was withdrawing from the case and handing it over the workplace of the Lawyer-Common for continuation.
“My Lord, this case was earlier adjourned for June 20 for continuation of listening to, however then we're right here in the present day on the newest improvement on the matter.
“We as EFCC counsels are withdrawing from the matter and handing it over to the workplace of the Lawyer-Common for continuation with the prosecution.
“As you may see, in Courtroom is a State Counsel from the AGF’s workplace to formally take over this case from us,” Shittu declared.
Responding, Mr Paul Erokoro (SAN), didn't object to the EFCC withdrawal and handing over of the case to the Lawyer-Common.
“My Lord we're not objecting to the anti-graft withdrawal and handing over the prosecution to the AG’s workplace, “ Erokoro stated.
Mr Pius Asika, Counsel from the workplace of the legal professional normal, nevertheless, introduced his look for the case.
Asika then utilized for an adjournment to allow him put together for the case correct “having come into the matter.