We’re Set to Prosecute Those Responsible for Altering 2022 Presidential Pardon List-EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has concluded plans to prosecute the three individuals indicted for altering the 2022 Presidential Pardon list.

The Anti-Corruption agency made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday.

Former Plateau and Taraba state governors, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, were among those whose names were on the pardon list.

Though the affected individuals were not named, sources say those found to have been involved in the alteration of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, PACPM, report include a senior official in the secretariat of the committee, an Assistant Chief State Counsel, Federal Ministry of Justice and an agent of a former bank Managing Director, MD.

They are alleged to have included the name of the jailed former bank MD whose case was never considered by the PACPM. However, the EFCC report did not indict the Acting Director of Administration, Criminal Justice and Reforms Department, ACJRD, Mrs. Leticia Ayoola-Daniels and another official of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Investigations by the EFCC into the alleged falsification was triggered by a letter which emanated from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, on June 6, 2022. In the main, the letter requested that PACPM be probed over allegations of conspiracy, abuse of office, bribery and corruption.

It would be recalled that the AGF constituted the PACPM to collate applications by individuals in custody or those who have served jail terms and are deserving of presidential pardon and prerogative of mercy. They were also given the mandate to advise the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on same.

The committee completed assignment and subsequently submitted a report which was presented to President Buhari and the Council of State on April 14, 2022. However, the said report was later found to have been doctored by the three individuals who altered it to include the name of the jailed former unnamed bank MD, who was not listed among the names recommended for pardon.

According to a July document made available by the EFCC, subsequent investigations on the alleged alteration revealed that indeed a member of PACPM secretariat and an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice got money from an agent of the jailed banker to insert his name on the list.

“Efforts are in top gear to arrest the other co-conspirators and upon the conclusion of the investigation, the case file will subsequently be forwarded to our legal and prosecution department for vetting and prosecution,” the EFCC report stated.

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