Obasanjo ICPC, EFCC are now political entities - OBJ

Obasanjo said this while speaking at the annual public lecture of the Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative (DOHA).

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) have been politicised.

According to Daily Post, the former President also said that the two anti-graft agencies which he created are now political entities.

Obasanjo said this while speaking at the annual public lecture of the Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative (DOHA).

He said “When I was elected president in 1999, my administration took the issue of corruption very seriously and we established anti- corruption agencies like the EFCC and ICPC.

“They were provided with political support needed to fight corruption and they did their best.

“But after we left office, they became politicised and weakened to a level that they were unable to provide their services.

“In fact, one of the governors jailed for corruption was supposed to find replacement for EFCC boss then Nuhu Ribadu. You know the type of replacement he would bring.”

“We must strengthen these institutions especially in carrying out prosecution because government alone cannot fight corruption.

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“It is very disheartening when the law enforcement agency carefully investigates a case and the culprit finds his way around the judiciary to escape.

“Corrupt people and accomplices must be punished. We cannot afford to have sacred cows in the fight against corruption,” he added.

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have constantly maintained that Buhari’s government is using the anti-graft agencies to intimidate the opposition.

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