A Federal Excessive Court sitting in Sokoto State, has affirmed that each the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) and the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) are legally mandated to investigate and prosecute any individual or authority over allegations of corruption anyplace in Nigeria.
Justice S. Ok. Idris, who gave the ruling in a go well with filed by the Sokoto State authorities, looking for to limit ICPC and EFCC from inviting, investigating, arresting or prosecuting any official of the state authorities on allegations of corruption, dismissed the declare, noting that the 2 anti-corruption companies had been so empowered by an Act of Parliament to carry out the duties of preventing corruption in all of the 36 states of the federation.
The Sokoto State authorities had approached the courtroom by means of the Lawyer Basic of the State, Suleiman Usman, asking for a declaration and injunction that may cease ICPC and EFCC from finishing up any anti-corruption duties on any official or authorities division of the state on any matter or concern which the State Home of Meeting can legislate on.
The go well with particularly seeks to limit ICPC and EFCC from wanting into the monetary actions of the state authorities between 2008 and 2015 on the grounds that the interval beneath investigation have been coated by the appropriation act of the Sokoto State Home of Meeting.
The trial decide whereas dismissing the matter mentioned that tagging the actions of ICPC and EFCC as regards the applying of presidency funds in the state, in the interval resulting in the 2015 basic elections, as political intimidation can’t maintain as a result of there was no truth from the state authorities to assist the declare.
Justice Idris additional noticed that the state authorities additionally didn’t file an modification or additional affidavit to indicate any additional acts of the alleged political witch-hunt by both ICPC or EFCC since after the 2015 elections.
The decide, whereas concluding on the matter, held that the Federal Excessive Court was certain by the choice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in AG Ondo v AG Federation (2002) which upheld the constitutionality of each the ICPC and EFCC Acts as enacted by the Nationwide Meeting, being relevant and binding on each state, individual and authority in Nigeria, together with Sokoto state.