EFCC shouldn’t be in existence, Agbakoba tells Nigerians govt, says Police already performing role
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Thursday, said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ought not to have been in existence, insisting that the Commission currently operates outside the Constitution.
According to Agbakoba, since the EFCC is a creation of the National Assembly, it does not have the powers to interfere with the activities of state governments.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who made the call at a press conference held in Lagos, insisted that the 1999 Constitution only provides one Police Force for Nigeria, adding that since the Anti-graft agency was not a branch of the Police, it could not perform its functions.
He pointed out that the EFCC was a federal establishment created by the National Assembly, adding that under Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution, the powers of government are divided into two: the Federal and the state.
“So the question would be, if the EFCC is created by the Federal Government can it then prosecute state offences?
“The Supreme Court in many of its decisions have held that federalism means two autonomous and independent governments and if that is correct, the EFCC does not have the right to go to the state and examine their accounts.
“Anybody can read section 46 of the EFCC Act and Section 36(12) of the 1999 Constitution. Section 36(12) states that all offences must be defined and when you now read Section 46, you ask yourself if it complies with Section 36(12) because it does not.
“So part of the prayers I would seek in court is that EFCC ought not to exist in the first place because it is not a branch of the police and that the job done by the EFCC is the same one being done by the Police Special Fraud Unit.
“My other prayer would be whether the National Assembly can make laws for the federation and to what extent can the National Assembly which is an arm of the Federal Government make laws authorising a federal agency to exercise powers as if it were a state agency.
“So all these contradictions should make the presidential candidates tell Nigerians what they are going to do about the Constitution because it is defective,” Agbakoba stated.
The human rights lawyer, however, said that he was not fighting the Commission as he was one of the greatest supporters of the rule of law and the fight against corruption, noting that the real issue was about the failure of the security agencies to obey the rule of law.
Agbakoba, however, said as a demonstration of his goodwill towards the anti-graft agency, he was ready to engage the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, in a dialogue session on the issue.
The former NBA President said, “I do not believe that the EFCC understands the law that set them up because as a lawyer myself, I was a bit confused, as I discovered that the 1999 Constitution is structurally defective.
“I now understand why some people are saying that the country must be restructured. Whoever wrote this Constitution designed it for Nigeria to fail because, on the one hand, it seems to authorise the EFCC to interfere in state’s affairs while on the other hand, it does not.”
Agbakoba had lambasted the EFCC last December over its recent actions against the Kogi State Government.
NAUB: MR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE THOSE PLANNING TO KILL THE ONLY FEDERAL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT GO ON STRIKE? By Femi Oyewale
NAUB: MR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE THOSE PLANNING TO KILL THE ONLY FEDERAL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT GO ON STRIKE? By Femi Oyewale
Sahara Weekly Reveals That Higher education in Nigeria, quite frankly, is facing immense challenges including but not limited to poor infrastructure, unrealistic academic calendars resulting in extra years against stipulated durations, lack of teaching equipment, social menace, poor funding, amongst others.
Interestingly, Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB) is quite unique from other federal universities in the sense that since inception, there has not been any issue of strike, cultism, protest, or anti-social conduct.
Rather, the university is reputed for its excellent condition of learning environment.
This was aptly covered by the Governor of Borno State, H.E Professor Babagana Umara Zulum through his deputy during the maiden edition of the convocation ceremony of NAUB on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at the University’s main campus ( note not temporary campus within five years of existence) in Biu, Borno State.
The Borno State governor said he was physically present at the groundbreaking ceremony of the foundation laying stone of NAUB five years ago, and he is impressed by what he has seen adding that it must take military precision and focus to put in a full-fledged and functional university on a barren land in such a short period.
The Governor further thanked the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, the traditional rulers, scholars and academics philanthropist, industrialists, associates and men and women of goodwill from within and outside Borno State for the selfless service of gradually re-modelling the future of Borno State in particular and Nigeria in general and for putting Borno State on the path of further greatness through the Nigerian Army university, Biu.
Why then do we plan to abort such a great independent institution of learning known as a barrier breaker and line crosser by merging it with NDA whose missions and visions are not in tandem with each other .
Why cut short the dreams of such noble ideas via politics?
Are there those who do not want a stable educational system in Nigeria?
Are there external forces or their agents at home trying to destroy a good foundation for a stable educational system in Nigeria?
Is NAUB in competition with the private universities?
Are there big shots who benefit from a chaotic educational system in Nigeria?
Are there some subterranean forces working within the system to achieve the Boko Haram objective that “education is sin”?
The words of Governor Zulum rings a wise bell when he said that Boko Haram insurgents have achieved their objectives if the university is scrapped.
“Therefore, we appeal to Mr. President to look into this issue so that the Army University Biu would remain a university… because of the importance of education in this part of the country, where Boko Haram is saying that education is forbidden. And I think that by allowing this Army university to be scrapped, they might have achieved one or two of their objectives,” he said.
The governor noted that, for over a decade, Borno State has been facing a serious crisis that has denied many children access to education.
“Therefore, this university is very important to not only the people of Borno State but our neighbouring states,” he said.
Look at the Western countries that started with military polytechnics that propelled revolution in military equipment development.
Many of these developed countries collaborated jointly through civil-military research.
The Swedish Defence University established like NAUB is Sweden’s leading resource in, and first choice for, education, training and research in the management of crisis, war and periods of tension in the leadership of both civil and military agencies. The Swedish Defence University is an accredited institution for academic education for military and civilian students and researchers where different experiences, approaches, and traditions come together. It has become a hub for both national and international students.
It might shock you to know that American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). APUS is wholly owned by American Public Education, Inc., a publicly traded private-sector corporation that offers associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, in addition to dual degrees, certificate programs and learning tracks.
During my NYSC, I served in the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Ilorin, which is a renowned military institution focused on providing high-quality education and training for Nigerian Army personnel and civilians. So why the proposed merger of NAUB?
Interestingly, the Nigerian Army University Biu provides such a platform for the Nigerian military towards technological innovation, research, and development in varied fields for national defence and security breakthroughs like many modern nations. In fact, instead of downgrading the Nigerian Army University, many more Army universities should be established in Nigeria. That is the way out for a caricature type of educational system that has failed to have stability over the years.
Who is not interested in seeing that a federal university graduates its students within the regular course time frame?
Must programmes of all federal universities be easily disrupted. A course of 4 or 5 years ends up taking over 6 to 7 years to complete. The worst part is that many universities end up in a crash programme to be able to cover up for the lost times. The terrible damage to these universities’ products is the very low standard of graduates.
Who wants the Nigerian educational system to collapse completely? These are rhetorical questions the amiable president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all stakeholders should ask those proposing the merger to answer us publicly, else should let the matter die forever in the abyss of hasty decision.
Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion) By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos
*Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion)
By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos
Marcus Tibetan, a self-acclaimed spiritual leader of The Celestial Church Of Christ, Elisha Parish should be yanked-off the ‘prophet’ title by whoever gave it to him because he has never exhibited the character of one who has a prophetic call, rather, he has always constituted nuisance and continue to prove that he is a mere crook who mistakenly found his way into the ministry majorly to swindle, defraud, and manipulate unsuspecting and gullible individuals.
By mere observation, Marcus Tibetan appears to be someone suffering from mental disorder, psychological unrest, poverty-stricken mind coupled with serious envy and bitterness against everyone doing better than him in the prophetic ministry. He appears to be a very confused individual who doesn’t know how to navigate the ministry because he wasn’t called at first.
Every prophet is popular for giving accurate prophecies, correctly foretelling events that would come to pass but for Marcus Tibetan, He is only popular for seeing fake visions against other men of God that are successful that he can ever be. He is only popular for calling out other prophets and when he tries to prophecy, the opposite of his prophecies happen.
In 2022, Marcus Tibetan courageously told Journalists that Bishop Oyedepo would die in 2023. He went as far as saying that he has seen the colour of his coffin.
These were his words
‘’ I have told you that Oyedepo will die in 2023. They have brought his coffin and it is white. I saw the Nigerian flag on the coffin. Let us be expecting around July’’
If Nigeria was a very sane country, Tibetan should have been locked up in prison when this stupid statement he called a prophecy didn’t come to pass. Bishop Oyedepo didn’t even fall sick in 2023 not to talk of experiencing death. This further reveals the demonic bitterness Tibetan has for other men of God and how he is hiding under the guise of prophecy to churn out rubbish against respected men of God.
It would also be recalled that when Apostle Suleman was attacked by unknown gunmen sometime ago, Marcus Tibetan immediately called some journalist on his payroll to say God knew about what happened to the apostle and that he is not a real man of God. He accused him of being a cultist because of his fashion style and said several unprintable things about the apostle that further confirms that indeed, He (Tibetan) is very bitter towards the man of God because of his exploits.
We can’t also forget so soon when fake Prophet Marcus Tibetan accused Pastor Adeboye of sacrificing his deceased son to escape death and Pastor W.F Kumuyi of sacrificing his deceased wife to elongate his life. I really can’t imagine how such a man could even still be referred to as a prophet; someone is known for nothing other than saying lunatic words against his fellow human, desecrating the highly respected prophetic ministry, making foolish statements about individuals, giving fake prophecies that never come to pass, to mention but a few.
We also remember that before Prophet TB Joshua died, Marcus Tibetan was always attacking him in different ways, wishing him unfortunate happenings but none of them happened. Even in death, TB Joshua remains a global force as against Tibetan’s wishes.
Many of these men of God are far ahead of Marcus Tibetan in all ways and he can never walk in their shoes because he doesn’t have the capacity. He claims to be a prophet but cannot even list 20 of his prophecies that have come to pass since he started his fake ministry.
If Tibetan doesn’t trend for his attacks against men of God, it would be unrealistic prophecies about sports that never come to pass. Before the Qatar 2022 world cup final, Tibetan in a video confidently said France would defeat Argentina and when the prophecy failed, he defended himself by saying witches in Argentina changed the destiny of the match.
During the recently concluded AFCON 2023, Tibetan predicted that Nigeria would defeat South Africa 4-1 at the semi-final but unfortunately, the match ended 1-1 and later resulted in a penalty shoot-out.
In 2018, I remember how he said Fashola will become vice president, Tony Elumelu will be on a wheelchair, Saraki will be paralyzed, Babangida will find himself in Danger, Dogara will experience stroke, etc. but till today, none of these things have happened to these people he mentioned because he is nothing but a hungry fake prophet.
Going by some confirmed reports about Marcus Tibetan, it is obvious that he is using the prophetic title for illicit acts. Sometime last year, He was accused of a N65 million land scam by his church member, David Timileyin, whom he allegedly promised land near the recently inaugurated Dangote refinery in Lagos state.
Timilehin said he visited the land without Tibetan’s knowledge and discovered that it was not what was described to him by the prophet.
“The prophet told me the 30 plots of land were close to the Dangote refinery. But I have since discovered that the land is in the forest of Epe. It is largely an uncultivated land in the remote areas of Epe which can’t sell for more than N1 million per plot,”
Marcus Tibetan has a questionable character and his emergence into the prophetic ministry reeks of foul play; little wonder the Oluwo of Ode-irele revealed that he gave Tibetan spiritual powers during an interview session with the fake prophet’s former media aide, Dan Asabe.
I know prophets and men of God to be lifters of men, we know them to be helpers of destiny, they engage in philanthropic activities from time to time but Marcus Tibetan cannot point to five people that he has personally helped all his life. His elder brother who was a colonel had a little problem at some point but what did Tibetan do? He fled and that’s why till now, his family members don’t associate with him.
In the early days of his ministry, he secured a church in Dublin but he can’t even step into the country anymore not to talk of running the church, what happened? He was able to secure the property by swindling gullible followers and when his secrets got exposed, he lost control. Several politicians used to visit his church, important personalities used to attend his church but what about now? They don’t even want to hear his name because his format has been exposed.
Marcus Tibetan’s church has stopped growing, he doesn’t have good clothes, can’t even drive good cars because he can’t afford them. He keeps saying some prophets will be disgraced, embarrassed but that’s his present reality.
Marcus Tibetan lives off politician’s crumbs, tithes of church members, funds given to him to develop his church and proceeds from illegal businesses. If he thinks these are all lies, he should respond to this statement and swear with the holy bible that he has never received money from any politician.
There are so many secrets about Marcus Tibetan that are in the coffers, people should ask his former media aide, Dan Asabe why he stopped working for him despite their closeness. The truth is nobody has ever become successful by associating with Tibetan, he is bad luck personified.
I am always grateful that these prophets he abuses don’t even respond to his statements, they are not mates and responding to the words of a lunatic would make no sense. They have left him to wallow in his foolishness till eternity.
However, Tibetan needs to be cautioned because his bad records and secrets are available. If he continues on this path, many things will be exposed about him and at the end of the day, he may be forced to flee from the sight of men into the kingdom of animals where he belongs.
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