EFCC To Investigate Petitions Against 21 Ministerial Nominees

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will reportedly on Monday, October 12, begin to investigate petitions written against President Muhammadu Buhari’s 21 ministerial nominees.

The Punch learnt that a decision was taken by the leadership of the anti-graft agency last week to start the process of considering petitions forwarded to the National Assembly against the ministerial nominees.

At least 25 petitions had been submitted against the nominees at the Senate. The copies of petitions were reportedly sent to the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The Senate leadership had allegedly contacted the EFCC last week to help with those petitions, a source privy to the development said on condition of anonymity.

The source, who is a top official at the EFCC, said it was not possible for the National Assembly to carry out the investigation into the petitions against the nominees without involving the anti-graft agencies.

The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he did not know anything about the commission’s involvement in the screening exercise at the National Assembly.

Also, the resident consultant on media and events of the ICPC, Folu Olamiti, said he would neither confirm nor deny the involvement of the commission in the investigation of the allegations contained in the petitions.

Similarly, the Code of Conduct Bureau had also said the nominees were bound to declare their assets before the Senate.

The Senate had stated that as part of its guidelines for screening the ministerial nominees due to commence on Tuesday, each of the nominees would be required to produce evidence of assets declaration to the bureau.

Details on The Punch.