EFCC Speaks On AGF Office’s Takeover Of Sen Goje’s Case

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has constitutional power to takeover any criminal case at any stage of investigation.

Mr Tony Orilade, spokesman of the commission, made this known in an interview with newsmen, yesterday.

Orilade was reacting to the takeover of the case of alleged N25 billion fraud filed against former Gombe State Governor, Sen. Danjuma Goje, by the commission.

According to Orilade, by virtue of the existing law, the office of the attorney- general of the federation has the power to takeover any criminal case at any stage.

And that is exactly what has happened, he said.

The OAGF had on Friday taken over the case of alleged N25 billion frauds filed against Sen. Goje (APC-Gombe Central).

Goje was until Thursday last week, a contender for the post of the President of the Senate.

He withdrew from the race after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and immediately endorsed his rival, Ahmad Lawan (APC-Yobe).

Section 174 (1a) of the 1999 Constitution States that the Attorney-General of the Federation shall have the power To institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law in Nigeria, other than a court-martial, in respect of any offence created by or under any Act of the National Assembly.

While subsection (1b) says to takeover and continue any such proceedings that may have been instituted by any other authority or person.

Our correspondent reports that for almost eight years, the EFCC had been prosecuting the former governor until Friday, June 7.

The case, which was before Justice Babatunde Quadiri of Jos Federal High Court II, had even gone to the Jos Court of Appeal over the remaining two count charges out of 21 filed against him by EFCC.

Source: The Tide Newspaper Coporation