17 November 2020 By Victoria Abah
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has justified the setting up of the Assets Recovery Committee on looted funds.
In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, to the AGF, Dr. Umar Gwandu, says, the Minister’s action is in compliance with the extant laws.
According to the statement, the provisions of Section 31(1-4) and Sections 43 of the EFFC establishment Act 2004 will not only justify the action of the Minister but also clear doubts on the misconceived analysis on the legality or otherwise of the Committee.
It states that lack of understanding of the law is imminent in the wrong impression being created that only the EFCC is engaged in asset recovery and forfeiture proceedings, hence the challenge to the setting-up and mandate of the Committee.
The statment explains that, It is not in doubt that disposal of forfeited assets is in the best interest of the public and justice, therefore, the AGF has total responsibility to control and manage the conduct of criminal prosecutions.
It maintains that the Inter-Agency Committee has been constituted in recognition of the need to provide synergy and coordination amongst all relevant MDAs in the pursuit of the common agenda of Government.
While the Committee will not be tied down by these distractions, it remains open to positive suggestions, the statment says.