No conflict between us and AGF Malami – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it has no pending conflict with the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The office of the Attorney-General had written a letter to EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, asking him to comply with the regulation on the prosecution of high-profile cases.

Malami claimed that the agency has refused to give updates and also submit files of high-profile investigations.

But in a statement issued on Thursday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said reports of a clash were evidence of corruption fighting back.

“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to the near-daily reportage of either the existence of a face-off or an impending and damaging conflict between the commission and the office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN),” the statement read.

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“For the avoidance of any doubt, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to categorically state that it is compliant with all provisions of law and has no intention to stoke a misunderstanding over requests from the office of the attorney-general and minister of justice.

“Furthermore, the commission’s mandate, operational philosophy and the conduct and pronouncements of its officials do not countenance any activity on the fringes of the law. It is therefore untenable for there to be any suggestion that the EFCC or the commission’s principal officials are either in conflict with or readying for a ‘showdown’ with the AGF or other officials of government.

“All the brouhaha raised in recent days over a nonexistent conflict between the EFCC and the office of the AGF only go to underline the fact that corruption can and is fighting back in a variety of ways.”

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