By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Former Chairman of Pension Reform Team, Dr Abdulrasheed Maina has commended the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for good work.
Addressing some newsmen in his hospital bed on Friday, Maina said Malami is doing a wonderful job as the Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice, asking Nigerians to pray for Malami.
Maina who is recovering from operation in a private hospital in Abuja, said Nigeria needs a person like Malami as the Minister of Justice to move the country forward.
Describing some of the achievements of the Attorney-General, Abdulrasheed Maina said Malami recovered huge amount of money from the thieves.
“Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami exposing alleged infractions in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by its managers is an unprecedented act of courage that deserves commendation. Introducing the Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill.”
Maina said the bill, if passed into law, would among other things see to the unbundling of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for improved efficiency.
He therefore, commended the minister for taking the bull by its horns.
Maina noted that the bill would also address the alleged issues of diversion of recovered assets, saying: “there have been several reports of diversion and misappropriation of recovered assets by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC officials, hence the need to address the issue.
“Interestingly, addressing the diversion would bring about transparency in the EFCC operations,” he added.
“Establishing the new agency is necessary in order to manage assets that constitute proceeds of crimes, because previous proceeds of crime are scattered in different and multiple agencies.
“Furthermore, the proposed agency would address decaying of recovered real estates and other machineries due to poor management.
“As it is now, several forfeited properties have decayed and are still decaying and dilapidating over time. If established, the new agency would lessen the job of the EFCC in recovering and managing assets at the same time,” Dr Maina said.