Bail: EFCC bans demand of sureties’ professional certificates

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has reviewed its guidelines on arrest, bail and processing of suspects.

The anti-graft commission said this in a Wednesday statement.

According to the EFCC, the review, which is premised on the need to adhere to the rule of law and international best practices in the treatment of suspects, was rolled out on Monday, October 31, 2023, across all its commands.

“In the new guideline, premium attention is focused on the rights of suspects, especially where arrest, detention and bail  issues are concerned. Operational activities are to be tailored towards relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2011 and the EFCC’s Standard Operating Procedures, SOP.

“Specifically, operatives of the Commission are not allowed to demand for professional certificates of sureties as a bail condition. Also, every demand for international passport of suspects would henceforth be exercised with discretion, depending on the nature of the case, personality and country of residence of the suspect,” the statement read in part.

Director, Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC, Commander of the EFCC, CE Sylvanus Tahir SAN, cautioned that, “bail conditions served on suspects must be reasonable and practicable to be fulfilled by suspects and their sureties.

“Detention of suspects without a Remand Warrant for unreasonable length of time beyond the constitutionally allowed period must henceforth stop forthwith”.

The EFCC said its operatives were also warned against unwarranted violation of rights of suspects.

Tahir called for professionalism in all operational activities, stressing that “it is time to have a paradigm shift and change the narrative. Henceforth, professionalism shall be the watchword. Let’s follow the best international standards worth our identity as a flagship law enforcement agency.”

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