The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has said that he is not against lawyers but a few bad ones among them who are teaming up with corrupt persons to thwart justice.
Magu made the clarification in a statement signed by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren and made available to Vanguard last night. He said his recent comments regarding the conduct of judicial officials were not intended to impugn their integrity.
According to him, his comments, and activities of the commission, should not be interpreted to mean a blanket indictment of all lawyers and judges but, rather directed at a few bad eggs within the system.
Magu said, “There is no way one can make a blanket statement on the integrity of lawyers and judges. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers and judges on the African continent.
“My worry is that the bad ones amongst them are giving the good ones a bad name,” he said.
He emphasised that the commission deeply appreciates the support of most conscientious, upright and patriotic members of the bar and bench (including defence counsel), leading to the commission’s unbeaten prosecution and conviction record.
The EFCC boss invited all patriotic members of the bar and the bench to join the renewed campaign against corruption and money laundering, while exposing the corrupt among them. “There is no blanket condemnation of lawyers and judges but, the corrupt few will not be spared”, he reiterated.