Ace human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to restrain the Department of State Services (DSS) from investigating corruption and financial crimes.
Falana gave this charge on Wednesday in his review of the reorganization of the anti-graft agencies by the government.
He urged that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) should take over all cases of official corruption while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should limit its activities to money laundering, cyber-crimes, advanced fee fraud and other economic and financial crimes.
“With the new development, the Presidency should, as a matter of urgency, ensure that each of the anti-graft agencies is made to henceforth operate within its statutory core mandate.
“If the federal government is prepared to reclaim the initiative it must insist on regular inter agency collaboration on the part of the anti-graft agencies”, he counselled.
Falana commended the appointment of Prof. Bolaji Owasanye as Chaormn of of the ICPC and Chief Okoi Obono-Obla to handle recovery of public property.
“By appointing Professor Bolaji Owasanye, the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Council Against Corruption, as the chairman of the ICPC and Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Presidential Adviser on Prosecution as the Chairman of the Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property who are both men of proven integrity, the federal government has demonstrated its determination to re-focus, re-strategize and rejig the anti-corruption programme which has almost been hijacked by the forces of corruption and impunity in the country”, he noted.