The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had declared that it is investigating a trending audio recording where it was alleged that Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation was exerting his influence to compromise high profile corruption cases being handled by the commission.
The EFCC, in a statement released recently identified the person who made the allegation in what is said to be a phone conversation with the brother to a crime suspect identified as Mohammed Idris.
The Commission described Idris as a lawyer and a Police officer with the commission.
It was gathered that in the trending audio recording, Idris has said that Malami now controls the EFCC and that the Commission is in his hands. “Once Malami speaks, the account will be unfrozen,” he had said.
Idris was heard giving an assurance about how much Malami could help the crime suspect to resolve issues about his frozen accounts.
Also, Idris was heard suggesting the need for the crime suspect to get a new lawyer but in response, the voice on the other side of the conversation claimed to be the suspect’s brother, expressed how difficult it would be to change their lawyer due to the fact that Malami introduced the lawyer to them.
Reacting to the recording, EFCC in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, stated that;
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a trending audio tape in the social media, where Mohammed Idris, a lawyer and seconded police officer with the Commission, made unsubstantiated claims regarding the influence of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on the commission.
“The commission wishes to state that it has commenced investigation into the content of the audio tape and will activate its internal mechanism to deal with the issues.”
The commission described the officer as corrupt, with scant regard for the values of the commission, adding that his action was contemptuous of the standard operating procedure of the EFCC.