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Magu: Nigeria has some of Africa’s best lawyers

Magu: Nigeria has some of Africa’s best lawyers
February 25
19:51 2016

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says that despite his recent criticism of “some bad eggs in the legal profession”, he is aware that Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers and judges on the continent.

He therefore reassured legal practitioners that comments attributed to him in recent media reports regarding the conduct of judicial officials, were not intended to impugn their integrity.

According to him, his comments, and activities of the commission, should not be interpreted as a blanket indictment of all lawyers and judges, but rather directed at a few bad eggs within the system.

“There is no way one can make a blanket statement on the integrity of lawyers and judges. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best lawyers and judges on the African continent. My worry is that the bad ones amongst them are giving the good ones a bad name”, he said in a statement issued by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, on Thursday.


He emphasised that the commission appreciates the support of most conscientious, upright and patriotic members of the bar and bench (including defence counsel), leading to the the unbeaten prosecution and conviction record.

“Mindful of the fact that judges are constrained from publicly responding to criticism against them, the commission only employs legal and administrative procedures, including investigation of errant judicial officers and laying complaints against them before the National Judicial Council (NJC),” he said.

“In the same vein, the commission has charged to court and secured convictions against a number of lawyers.”


The EFCC boss invited all patriotic members of the bar and the bench to join the renewed campaign against corruption and money laundering, while exposing the corrupt among them.

“There is no blanket condemnation of lawyers and judges”, he reiterated, “but, the corrupt few will not be spared.”

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