The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to allow detainees access to lawyers, family members and medication. The executive secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu, made the call in Abuja when he led a team of senior officials of the commission on an audit of the detention facilities at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja. The commission’s call is in order to ensure that detainees under prosecution are treated with inherent human value and dignity.
Tony Ojukwu, while fielding questions from some of the detainees during the exercise urged the EFCC management to ensure quick dispensation of complaints before them in order to reduce congestion and prolonged detention.
He further tasked government agencies and institutions that manage detention facilities to ensure that all facilities under their care are kept in line with minimum standards for the keeping of such facilities.
Ojukwu noted that detainees under their custody are not convicts and therefore efforts should be made to accelerate the determination of their cases including diligent and quick prosecution.
A statement signed by the director, corporate affairs and external Linkages, Lambert Oparah and made available to LEADERSHIP called on the EFCC to reduce its workload by concentrating on high profile economic crimes so as not to congest their operations and cells with case files that could be handled by the Police or other law enforcement agencies.
He commended the EFCC for their activities which he described as intelligence driven and challenging, adding that the whistle blowing policy of the government is a wonderful innovation in combating corruption.
The acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu revealed that the EFCC facility is one of the best around adding that the commission has nothing to hide.
Magu noted that corruption is the mother of all human rights violations adding that if there is any problem facing the country today, it is corruption.
He stressed that EFCC will remain unrelenting in its work in spite of attempts to blackmail it.