Anti-graft war, struggle against satanic forces – Sagay

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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) has faulted the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, over his claims that the anti-graft agencies were involved in more of showmanship than investigation.

Saraki, on Monday, had taken a swipe at the Federal Government’s anti-graft agencies, saying they preferred showmanship. He said this was the reason the anti-graft agencies had failed to ensure conviction of suspects in court.

But, Sagay said his committee had effectively advised the anti-graft agencies on how to gather evidence that would be acceptable in court.

He said the main problem was that high-profile individuals had amassed “satanic sums of money” which could pervert the course of justice.

Sagay added, “My reaction to that is that in every endeavour being mounted against very powerful people, who have accumulated enough money, even more than the states, it is always going to be very tough. So, we will lose some (cases), learn from that and then improve.

“So, it is not showmanship. It is a tough struggle against the dark satanic forces that have run down the country’s economy and they are very powerful; so, it is a very tough struggle and we will carry on and we will get better and better with time.”

The PACAC chairman said following the advice of his committee, anti-graft agencies had begun to change their strategies which would yield positive results soon.

Sagay added, “We are teaching them not to have a sole investigator but a team who will work with the prosecutors so that the prosecutors can advise the investigator exactly what to look out for in terms of the ingredients constituting the offence; so, he doesn’t just go on a wild goose chase and bring irrelevant evidence.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the Senate President was entitled to his opinion.

“He is entitled to his opinion; so, there is nothing to respond to,” Uwujaren said.Punch

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