Don’t join politicians to loot, EFCC tells civil servants

Ibrahim Lamorde, Former EFCC Chairman

The anti-corruption agency organises a one-day workshop to re-orient civil servants on looting public funds.

Civil servants across Nigeria have been asked to resist becoming accomplices to corrupt politicians in the looting of the nation’s treasury..

The head of the Public Enlightenment Unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Rose Ekawo, gave the advice in Abuja at a one-day sensitisation programme on the ills of corruption for officers and management staff of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

While noting that politicians usually point accusing fingers at civil servants as collaborators in the stealing of public funds, Mrs. Ekawo called on officers, who belong in this category to have a change of heart.

She emphasised the EFCC’s role in the anti- graft campaign and recalled that the Commission was instrumental to having Nigeria de-listed from the infamous list of non-cooperative nations in the fight against corruption and money laundering by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

David Nkpe, who represented EFCC’s Director of Operations, Olaolu Adegbite, took the participants through the EFCC’ operations , which he said primarily involves investigation and prosecution.

Also, Gbenga Aruyehun of the Public Enlightenment Unit and Chinwe Ndubeze representing the commission’s Director of Legal, Chile Okoroma, explained the provisions of the various laws which the EFCC is mandated to enforce. They include the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004; the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011; and the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006.

Chairman of the NERC, Sam Amadi, in an interview, commended the EFCC for embarking on the sensitisation programme.

“This is a great effort; lots of materials with so much information. Everybody talks about corruption, everybody talks about EFCC. People really need to know what you are doing at the EFCC; people need to understand what constitutes corruption, people need information on what not to do and what they are already doing that could be problematic. So it is very important that you have this regularly and I will advice that you make use of case studies that show real life corruption challenges, that will help to internalise what is learnt,” Mr. Amadi said.

Commissioners and staff of the NERC attended the one-day event, which is in furtherance of the public education mandate of the commission under its enabling law.


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