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EFCC to Prosecute Subsidy Fraudsters Soon – Attorney General

By on July 10, 2012

The Attorney General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, has signaled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would soon begin to prosecute the subsidy fraudsters exposed by the House ad-hoc Committee on Fuel subsidy probe.

He said the EFCC had been given the mandate to begin the prosecution after several weeks of their investigation and such action could begin within a week.

The Attorney General made these disclosures whilst addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with the legislative and judiciary on anti-corruption strategies.

Adoke said, “The issue of the report was not discussed as an issue (at the meeting) but assurances were given that as soon as the EFCC finishes its assignment which is very soon, that you will begin to see prosecution probably in the next one week. We will begin to prosecute because the EFCC has gone very far.

“So, Nigerians should rest assured that this is not an issue that will be swept under the carpet.

“We have gone this far because we want a proper and painstaking investigation done so that when we charge people to court there will be no lapses or loopholes for lawyers to explore.”

The Attorney General also disclosed that the Federal Government would soon unveil a new national strategy to combat corruption.

Adoke said: “Yes, we are coming out with a national strategy in the fight against corruption. And that strategy will involve the three arms of government.

“We discussed at length, got insight from each arm of government and we will meet again to review the issues that arose from today’s meeting and on the way forward”.