A Nigerian Presidential Panel set up by the Presidency to rationalize Federal Government Parastatals, Committees and Agencies has advised that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) be scrapped as they perform the functions of the police force.
Details of the report was submitted this past Monday by the Chairman of the committee and a former head of service of the federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye.
According to Oronsaye:
“It was noted that the functions of the EFCC and the ICPC are the traditional functions of the Nigeria Police. The Committee observed that even though the two commissions were established separately to address corruption, which the Police appeared to have failed to do, successive administrations have ironically continued to appoint the Chairman of the EFCC from the Police Force, while the methodology adopted by the ICPC in conducting investigations as well as the training of its personnel in investigation procedure is carried out by the Police.
“One wonders if it was really expedient to dismember the Nigeria Police rather than allow it to evolve as a vibrant and effective agency,” he said.
Punch reports that political insiders feel the President will be favorably disposed to the recommendation.
According to Oronsaye, if the committee’s report are adopted and agencies reduced in accordance with the recommendation, government would be saving over N862bn between 2012 and 2015.