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Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by nairavsdollars(f): 9:34pm On Feb 23
There were indications on Sunday that the anti-cor­ruption war being waged by President Muhammadu Bu­hari’s administration may have suffered a major setback following revelation by Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corrup­tion (PACAC), that he had neither met nor spoken with Ibrahim Umar, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), since his appointment in July 2020.

PACAC was established in August 2015 with the mandate to promote the reform agen­da of the government on the anti-corruption effort, and to advise the present adminis­tration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

The committee enjoyed a harmonious working rela­tionship with Ibrahim Magu, the former EFCC Acting Chairman and even recom­mended him for confirma­tion as substantive chairman of the commission on several occasions.

Even when Magu was re­jected twice by the 8th Senate, Sagay had advised President Buhari not to replace him, saying he could serve as act­ing chairman indefinitely. Magu was later suspended by President Buhari and was replaced by Umar who, until his appointment, was the an­ti-corruption agency’s Head of Operations.

Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, Sagay said he had neither met nor spoken with Umar since his appointment over seven months ago, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a major barrier.

When asked about the re­lationship between his com­mittee and the acting EFCC chairman since his appoint­ment, Sagay said: “Unfor­tunately, his appointment coincided with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. So, I have not been to Abuja for a year. So, I have not met the acting EFCC chairman and we have never spoken togeth­er.

“But we have made some arrangements; we arranged a programme with the heads of the various anti-corruption agencies to be present and we will have some discussion on how they should cooperate with each other and supply relevant information to each other and back up each other in any investigation or pros­ecution.

“We had arranged all that but unfortunately, COVID-19 made us postpone it. If we had made it virtual, it would not be as successful as when we are all together. So, because of that I have not met him.”

Also speaking on the re­quest by the president asking the Senate to confirm Abdul­rasheed Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC, Sagay said nobody could question the president’s decision to ap­point whomever he desires to head the commission.

“If he has sent another name to the Senate for confir­mation, the implication is that he has dropped Magu. On the claim by his law­yer that justice was not served in Magu’s case, that could be true".

“The whole thing is under some cloud somehow. That is the way I see it. I am not even happy about the situation but, well, one has to accept things like that. The president has the pre­rogative to forward the name of whomever he desires. I don’t think that can be ques­tioned. You can question his judg­ment but you cannot question his right to appoint whomev­er he desires to head the com­mission.”

However, speaking with our correspondent, some Nigerians believe all is not well with the anti-graft war, wondering how COVID-19 could have limited communi­cation between the agencies involved in the fight against corruption.

Monday Ubani, former Second Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said given the impor­tance of both bodies in the fight against corruption, the fact that Sagay and Umar had not communicated in the last seven months showed that something was fundamental­ly wrong.

“If COVID-19 makes physi­cal contact impossible, we are now in an era where commu­nication is being conducted through technology and there are so many devices now that one can use to get in touch with one another no matter where you are in the world.

“So, it is very strange that there has been no communi­cation in the light of his role and the importance of his agency in the fight against corruption.

“If the acting EFCC chair­man is not in touch with the man that heads the presiden­tial advisory committee on corruption, then it is clearly obvious that something is fundamentally wrong.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the situa­tion has further confirmed its claim that there is a collapse of governance in the country. ­

Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said: “We have al­ways maintained that gover­nance has broken down under the APC. There is a total collapse of government with no one in charge. So, Prof. Sagay’s statement did not come to us as a surprise.”

Also speaking, Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-polit­ical organisation, said Ni­gerians would be deceiving themselves to believe that the anti-corruption war was being fought by the present administration.
Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, said the anti-corruption war had col­lapsed totally.

“It is clear that the an­ti-corruption war has collapsed totally. There is nothing going on called an­ti-corruption war, it is just deception. No wonder, they have just picked someone that is allegedly facing a theft charge as the new chairman of the EFCC. We will be deceiving ourselves if we believe that there is any serious anti-cor­ruption war going on in this administration.”
https://www.independent.ng/fg-anti-graft-war-suffers-setback-as-interagency-engagement-flops/

Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Monogamy: 9:39pm On Feb 23


Sir Gay was only compensated to head the Pacac not that his opinion is matter about the anti corruption agency
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by bolaayenimo: 9:41pm On Feb 23
APC will never change. They have dumped Prof. Saagy after using him

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Fahdiga(m): 9:42pm On Feb 23
This double mouthed deceitful imp should STFU. he has since lost credibility

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by bolaayenimo: 9:45pm On Feb 23
Very unfortunate
Fahdiga:
This double mouthed deceitful imp should STFU. he has since lost credibility
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by nairalee(m): 4:26am On Feb 24
APC as a Party, group, individuals, members, movement etc is just a confederation of commotion
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by BruncleZuma: 4:26am On Feb 24
grin grin grin grin

Nigeria's own Rudy Giuliani, a once erudite fellow reduced to a beer parlour savant.

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Prussian: 4:28am On Feb 24
This regime is not waging war against corruption, it is waging war against Nigerians. It is being done by proxy using economic impoverishment, fulani herdsmen, bandits paid by government, nepotism, tribalism and democratic foolishness.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by dkdmy: 4:31am On Feb 24
We don’t even know who/what to believe in this country. Shame on all government officials
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by HenryThegreat1(m): 4:33am On Feb 24
Buhari government is full of confusion.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by ipobarethieves: 4:43am On Feb 24
sad
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Gondonu: 4:54am On Feb 24
Confused useless government.Sagay was a very stupid man who bastardized his reputation because of politics. I cant imagine this was the same famed Prof Sagay of constitutional law back then ever making all those shitty statements attributed to him under this APC Government Well, I was never deceive by all these their anti-corruption charade.

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by bioemmy: 4:59am On Feb 24
So even if na ordinary zoom meeting or WhatsApp video call, both of you can't do in close to a year to talk.

I pity the so called war against corruption.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Jh0wsef(m): 5:06am On Feb 24
Lol
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Triangles1(m): 5:50am On Feb 24
Let me send you his number.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by straighttalk(m): 6:34am On Feb 24
Coordinated Confusion of the Present Administration of Buhari.

A Good Illustration of Bad Market.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Odidigboigbo(m): 6:47am On Feb 24
Does COVID prevents them from talking on phone? The truth remains that he sided Magu against Malami, when Malami eventually won, they sideline him and his useless committee.

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by nairavsdollars(f): 6:49am On Feb 24
Exactly what happened bro.
Odidigboigbo:
Does COVID prevents them from talking on phone? The truth remains that he sided Magu against Malami, when Malami eventually won, they sideline him and his useless committee.

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Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by bolaayenimo: 7:07am On Feb 24
belive Lai
dkdmy:
We don’t even know who/what to believe in this country. Shame on all government officials
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Frontail: 7:46am On Feb 24
That kind of Nairaland " Headlines " grin grin grin
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Jossyroyal1: 7:57am On Feb 24
shocked


How has the mighty fallen? Because of greed.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by capitalzero: 7:59am On Feb 24
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Timblogga: 8:02am On Feb 24
Haha Please when is the new chairman replacing Malami? We need someone that will put an end to all these illegal raiding my police under EFCC. That’s my concern.
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by OmovuduTheBeast(f): 8:10am On Feb 24
GOD PUNISH BUHARI!!!
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by emperor863(m): 8:14am On Feb 24
Monogamy:


Sir Gay was only compensated to head the Pacac not that his opinion is matter about the anti corruption agency

Writing good English is essence on a public forum. Thanks
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by emperor863(m): 8:16am On Feb 24
bolaayenimo:
APC will never change. They have dumped Prof. Saagy after using him

After using him to do what?
Re: Sagay: I Haven't Met, Spoken With The EFCC Chairman In Over 7 Months by Lanre4uonly(m): 9:35am On Feb 24
The more you look, the less you see.

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