We Don’t Collect Money from Lawyers Before Releasing Detained Suspects – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has stated that before releasing imprisoned individuals on bail, it does not impose any fees on the attorneys or families of the defendants.

This disclosure was made on Wednesday by Halima Rufa’u, acting commander of the commission’s Ibadan Zonal Command.

When the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, executive committee members were present, she spoke.

Folashade Aladeniyi, the NBA’s chairman, oversaw operations.

Lawyers were forbade by Rufa’u from acting simultaneously as suspects’ “surety” and legal counsel.

She added that such an act could not only get them into trouble.

She said that such an act does not portray the legal profession in good light.

“In the event the suspect was released and later jumps administrative bail, the Commission will have no choice than to arrest the lawyer first, before going after other sureties”, Rufa’u warned.

Aladeniyi, while speaking, commended the commission for its efforts in curbing cybercrime and related fraud activities in Oyo State.

“I want to commend the Ibadan Zonal Command and the EFCC at large for its activities towards curbing economic and financial crimes, especially cybercrime in the country.

“This is evident in the statistics of convictions secured by the Commission over the years,” the NBA chairman said.