The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would soon start going after senior lawyers who aid and abet financial and economic crimes.
Acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu said this at the opening of a one-day workshop organised by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACC) at the Rockview hotel in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, Magu also said at the workshop that the EFCC could not stamp out corruption in the country without the support of all stakeholders.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, the law is a respecter of nobody especially those who commit crime”
“Whether you are EFCC, SAN or whatever, sooner or later we will start going after people who buy properties with stolen funds as well as people who help others to escape justice.”
In his keynote address, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mahmud Mohammed urged members of the bar to examine themselves with a view to develop workable ways to curb corruption.
Mohammed, who spoke through Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, charged them to look inward as individuals in the system, and collectively as a body to improve the legal system.
“You have a role to play as an individual and it is when we all change our attitude that we can see it reflected in the society. No doubt, the legal profession is crucial in the maintenance of a high quality of justice delivery within the justice system and such success or failure of our fight against corruption will depend on our willingness to take the right ethical path,” the CJN said.