Court Denies Delta State Gov’t Request to Stop EFCC and ICPC Probes Into Spending.

The Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, has affirmed the authority of both the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute Delta State Government officials accused of corrupt practices.

Justice Folasade Olubanjo ruled that these sister agencies, despite their similar mandates, do not infringe upon the constitutional principles of federalism and separation of powers.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by the Delta State Attorney General challenging the jurisdiction of these anti-corruption bodies to probe the state government’s financial activities and summon state officials for questioning during investigations.

The State Government sought a declaration that only specific authorities outlined in the Constitution have the mandate to oversee state funds, excluding the anti-corruption agencies.

However, Justice Olubanjo disagreed with this interpretation, emphasizing Nigeria’s practice of cooperative federalism, where both state and federal governments are responsible for combating corruption.

The judge cited various appellate decisions, including the Supreme Court case of AG Ondo State vs AG Federation & 36 others, as precedent. Consequently, she dismissed the suit, deeming it lacking in merit.

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