EFCC condemns corruption acquittal of Bode George, El-Rufai


efcc_logo_0THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed concern over two separate court decisions on December 13, 2013, in cases investigated by the Commission. 

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The first was the acquittal of former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Olabode George and five others by the Supreme Court. The other was the acquittal of the erstwhile Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and two others by a Federal Capital Territory High Court.

In a statement issued by the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwajaren, the EFCC noted that “without going into the merits or otherwise of the Supreme Court ruling, it is unfortunate that the apex court disagreed with the decision of the two lower courts – the Lagos High Court and the Court of Appeal – which upheld the conviction of the accused persons based on the evidence presented by the Commission.

“While this turn of event is saddening, the Commission, as a law abiding institution, always respects judicial pronouncements and this will be no different.

“On el-Rufai and others, the trial judge, Justice Sadiq Umar, believes the Commission failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused persons.

“This is against the weight of the evidence presented by the Commission in court. Consequently, the EFCC has resolved to pursue an appeal against the ruling at the Court of Appeal.”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsolahttps://naija247news.com
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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