Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Fayose moves to establish Ekiti Financial Crimes Commission independent of EFCC

The Government of Ekiti State has forwarded a bill to its House of Assembly "for the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC)" and the bill has already scaled through second reading. The Governor of the state, Ayo Fayose stated this this evening on his verified twitter handle.
He said the bill have been refereed to the House Committee on Public Accounts and Anti Corruption for further legislative input.

His words:
"A bill for the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) sent that I sent to the House of Assembly was today,  sent to the House Committee on Public Accounts and Anti Corruption for further legislative action. It has passed second reading."
Recall that the state government recently dragged former Governor Kayode Fayemi to court over allegations of mismanaging N4.9b when he was governor.

Some Nigerians however see Fayose's move to establish a state-run financial crimes commission as nothing but a waste of time. For instance, a twitter user who replied to Fayose's tweet described the move as an act of desperation.
@Femiwole replied:

"Desperation.
This is a waste of precious time and resources. In the present constitution, what powers will the commission wield in investigating and prosecuting suspects without usurping Police and EFCC powers? You seem to want to be your own Police and Judge. Bound to fail."

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