EFCC and the Lamido saga

Sule Lamido

Sule Lamido

SIR: There is a saying that only a tree with ripe fruits attracts stones, this goes to say that it is only an effective endeavour that attracts criticism. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has, in recent times been experiencing a backlash from the press, owing to the fact that it has been inviting, arraigning and prosecuting a lot of politically exposed persons.

The arraignment of former Governor Sule Lamido and his two sons by the EFCC has generated a lot of controversies, with the Civil Rights Societies accusing the Commission of witch-hunt. I beg to ask, when has carrying out ones mandate become a witch-hunt?

It will be worthy of note that no one is above the law and the commission has the power to investigate and prosecute anyone found guilty of economic and financial crimes. The judiciary is an arm enabled by the constitution to determine if an individual charged to court is innocent or guilty.

The Civil Rights Societies should stop allowing themselves to be used to raise unjustified alarm and allow the law to take its course. After all, an accused can only be convicted when it has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the said offence.

It is high time the society supported the anti-corruption fight and let the EFCC and the judiciary do their job.

• Minguli Agu, Enugu



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