Former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mrs. Farida Waziri has lauded Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen’s initiatives aimed at strengthening the war against corruption.
Fielding questions at an event in Lagos at the weekend, Mrs. Waziri said she was happy with the CJN for setting up special courts to handle corruption cases, stressing that “this bold move has indeed vindicated me on the crusade I started for the establishment of specialised or special courts as EFCC chairman some eight years ago.”
On her reaction to the shocking revelations on the volume of sleaze under the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the former EFCC boss said: “I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as EFCC Chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. And that is why if I see President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as EFCC Chairman at the time he did.”
Mrs Waziri went on: “My first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then. I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the Presidential Villa asking me to release the suspect, because, according to their words, ‘he is our person’, but I refused to let him off and days after I was removed from office.”