EFCC to Consider “Personality” Before Seizing Suspect’s Int’l Passport, Gives Reason
- The EFCC has said it has reviewed its mode of operation and that the personality of suspects would now be considered before seizing his or her international passport
- According to the new mode of operation, officers of the agency have been barred from demanding the professional certificate of sureties
- The anti-graft agency noted that the development was to ensure that the EFCC operated in line with the constitution and the international best practice
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In a statement on the commission’s X (formerly Twitter page), the EFCC said the development was part of its efforts to adhere to the rule of law and the best practices in the international in the treatment of suspects.
According to the new guidelines of the EFCC, one of the developments is to consider the personality of the suspect before withholding his or her international passport, adding that discretion and mode of case would also be considered.
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EFCC to consider suspect rights in new operation guidelines
The anti-graft agency maintained that “premium attention” would be placed on the rights of the suspects in the reviewed guidelines, adding that the activities of the commission would now be highly in line with the constitution and standard practice procedures.
The EFCC also banned its operatives from demanding for the professional certificates of sureties as a bail condition and that bail condition served on suspect must be “reasonable and practicable”.
Read the statement in part:
“Operatives of the Commission are not allowed to demand for professional certificates of sureties as a bail condition. Also, every demand for international passport of suspects would henceforth be exercised with discretion, depending on the nature of the case, personality and country of residence of the suspect.”
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“EFCC treats us like Pablo Escobar”: Senate President Akpabio laments
Akpabio said he had his own share of embarrassment when the EFCC invited him for interrogation over a frivolous petition.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom cited the case of his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, adding that the EFCC entered the house through the roof.