U.S. pledges more support for EFCC

EFCC promises not to let the U.S. down.

The United Sates government, on Monday in Abuja, said it would continue supporting efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to rid Nigeria of financial crimes.

During a courtesy visit to the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, the new American Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, said that corruption remained a global challenge. Mr. Entwistle also said he was impressed with the programme of the Commission.

Welcoming the envoy and his team, Mr. Lamorde commended the U.S. government for their support for the EFCC since its inception.

He said the U.S. government remained a major international ally of the Commission in the fight against corruption and financial crimes.

Mr. Lamorde, noting the agency’s several joint operations with U.S. law and enforcement organisations, said EFCC would do its best in order not to let the US down. He also said the Commission remained neutral and non-partisan in the discharge charge of its responsibilities.

“We will do our utmost best not to let you down. We know you have confidence in us; we will make sure that the confidence is not misplaced. The US does not want us to be involved in politics and we will try to do that so that we don’t get drawn into politics,” Mr. Lamorde said.

He noted that despite the challenges confronting the Commission, it was able to secure 117 convictions in 2013.


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