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New EFCC boss renews call for special corruption courts



New EFCC boss renews call for special corruption courts

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Umar Abba Mohammed, has renewed the call for the establishment of special courts to try corruption cases.

Mohammed made the call in Abuja on Friday while receiving members of the monitoring committee of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), who paid him a working visit.

According to him, the only means of minimising delay in the trial of cases is to establish Special Courts to try financial and economic crimes.

He said, “Delay of cases in court is a challenge to us. This challenge can be addressed if there are Special Courts handling corruption cases.”

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Mohammed appreciated the committee members for their efforts in monitoring the compliance of law enforcement agencies with ACJA, stressing that the EFCC was complying adequately with the Act. He specifically addressed the Commission’s detention facilities, describing them as world class.

“Our detention facilities are world class. Many suspects prefer to be remanded in EFCC custody than in any other place”, he said.

The ACJA monitoring committee’s delegation was led by Magistrate Chukwuemeka Nweke. Their brief, according to him, was to assess the level of compliance of law enforcement agencies with ACJA.

“Our visit is to smoothen the progress of synergy between prosecution agencies and the judiciary”, Nweke said, adding that his committee had the responsibility of preparing and submitting an annual report of criminal justice administration in Nigeria.

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