The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the office of the attorney-general of the federation has the constitutional power to take over a case at any stage of an investigation.
Spokesman of EFCC, Tony Orilade said this in reaction to the withdrawal of the anti-graft agency from the N25 billion “fraud” case of former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje.
The case, which has been on for close to eight years, was handed over to the office of the AGF on Friday.
When the case came up for an emergency hearing on Friday, EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu, told the court that the agency was withdrawing from the case and handing it over to the office of the attorney-general.
“My Lord, this case was earlier adjourned for June 20 for the continuation of hearing, but then we are here today on the latest development on the matter,” he had said.
“We as EFCC counsels are withdrawing from the matter and handing it over to the office of the attorney-general for continuation with the prosecution.”
Orilade defended the action of the commission saying it is in line with the law.
“By virtue of the existing law, the office of the attorney- general of the federation has the power to take over any criminal case at any stage,” he told NAN.
“And that is exactly what has happened.”
Goje was until Thursday, a contender for the position of the Senate president.
He withdrew from the race and endorsed Ahmad Lawan, preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The EFCC and the federal government have been criticised over the handling of Goje’s case.