The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has maintained its earlier position, that there were some ‘rogue elements’ in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), who may be denting the image of the legal profession.
The Commission, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said it was compelled to make the clarification, in view of reactions that trailed its earlier reaction to the call by NBA’s President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), for the Federal Government to strip of its prosecutorial power.
In its latest statement, the anti-graft agency said its earlier reaction was not intended to impugn the entire Bar. Rather, it insisted that there were elements of alleged compromise within the Bar, whose tendencies must be purged.
The EFCC also said it was compelled to react the way it did, as a former NBA president, as well as an ex-Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, had allegedly championed a failed campaign for the scrapping of the Commission.
The Commission raised the following posers to buttress its position: “The NBA President’s weighty recommendation was advanced against the facts on ground and without advancing a single shred of justification.
“The call of the NBA president (including its timing and the platform at which was canvassed) was laid bare to speculation about the motivation behind it.
“EFCC notes the unprecedented step it has taken to help rid the Nigerian judiciary of severely corrupt elements, including the investigation and prosecution of senior members of the Bar for corruption and money laundering, with several more such interventions in the pipeline.
“EFCC is of the opinion that as in several professions (including law enforcement), there are some rogue elements in the Nigerian Bar Association giving the Bar a bad name.”