The first woman Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Mrs Farida Waziri lauded the decision of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen for setting up of Special Courts for the trial of corrupt cases in Nigeria.
She said she was in firm support of Special Courts to try corrupt cases when she was the EFCC boss. She said she was happy for the bold move of the CJN and his decision has vindicated her crusade which she started while in office.
She said: â€œThe CJN is a man after my heart because great minds think alike. Finally, a Daniel has come to judgement. I remember when I began the call for special courts, I went round the leadership of the judiciary and NBA then, I took advantage of every opportunity I had to justify the need for it but many of my adversaries kicked against it because they were desperate for my downfall but Iâ€™m glad some of them have joined the crusade today.â€
Responding to a question on her reaction to the shocking revelations on the volume of sleaze under the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the former EFCC boss said: â€œIâ€™m only glad that those things didnâ€™t happen under my watch as EFCC chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. And that is why If I see ex President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as EFCC chairman at the time he did.
â€œMy first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then. I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the presidential villa asking me to release the suspect, because according to their words â€˜he is our personâ€™, but I refused to let him off and days after I was removed from office.â€ On her assessment of the current leadership of the EFCC, she said: â€œThere is no doubt Magu is doing his best within the available space but as I always say, the battle is beyond an individual or an organization.
â€˜â€™Every patriotic Nigerian concerned about the future of this great country must support the war, buy into it and take ownership of it because itâ€™s about our collective survival. â€˜â€™One thing going for the present leadership of the commission is the personal support of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is unquantifiable and I appreciate Mr President for this.â€
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