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Akpabio Accuses EFCC of Prioritizing Sensationalism Over Genuine Investigations

Akpabio remarked, “The truth is that the EFCC has been more focused on sensationalism than conducting substantive investigations.”

A photo of the Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has criticized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its perceived lack of professionalism and an emphasis on sensationalism over thorough investigations. During a Senate plenary session, Akpabio raised these concerns while presiding over the screening and confirmation of the newly appointed EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, and the Commission’s Secretary, Muhammad Hammajoda.

Akpabio stated, “The reality is that the EFCC has engaged more on sensation than real investigation.” He went on to share his own experience, citing how the former EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, attempted to embarrass him ahead of the 2023 elections. He also highlighted an incident where EFCC operatives broke into the house of former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, describing their actions as questionable.

Akpabio expressed his doubts about the effectiveness of the EFCC and the discretion it wields, suggesting a need to review the EFCC’s legal framework. He called for a more balanced and evidence-based approach in investigations, where individuals are invited to defend themselves after the establishment of evidence of wrongdoing.

Ola Olukoyede and Muhammad Hammajoda, nominated by President Bola Tinubu as Chairman and Secretary of the EFCC, were subsequently confirmed by the Senators following the screening process.

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