Professional certificates of sureties will no longer be required – EFCC

In order to better align its arrest and bail processes with international best practices for treating suspects and the rule of law, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission () has made plans public to evaluate a number of these procedures.

The removal of the requirement for expert surety certificates as a condition of bail for suspects is one of the review's outcomes.

“Operatives of the Commission are not allowed to demand professional certificates of sureties as a bail condition,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by Dele Oyewale, the head of the EFCC's media and publicity department. Additionally, all requests for suspects' foreign passports would now be handled discretionarily, based on the specifics of each case, the suspect's personality, and his or her place of residence.

As to the statement, the agency's Director of Legal and Prosecution Department determined that the restrictions imposed on suspects for bail must be reasonable and feasible for both the suspects and their sureties to satisfy.

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