The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it will take “stern administrative action” against its National Assembly liaison officer, Suleiman Bakari, for bestowing an unauthorised award on Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president.
In an earlier statement Wednesday, the EFCC dissociated itself from the “anti-corruption ambassador” award on Mr. Ekweremadu, saying Mr. Bakari acted on his own.
“The EFCC totally dissociates itself from the purported action of Bakari as he acted entirely on his own and clearly outside his liaison officer brief as he was never instructed by the Acting Chairman nor mandated by the management and staff of the Commission to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as ‘Anti- Corruption Ambassador’,” the commission said.
The anti-graft body issued an expanded statement over an hour later, describing Mr. Bakari’s conduct as “highly unprofessional” and saying it was yet another manifestation of “corruption fighting back”.
“The commission views this highly unprofessional conduct of the officer as yet another manifestation of ‘Corruption Fighting Back’. This leg of the despicable campaign, which is unfortunately being carried out by a staff of the Commission, had been foreshadowed in recent weeks by other questionable acts,” the statement said.
“For instance, all through last week, some courts issued a string of anti-EFCC rulings looking like calculated attempts to derail the anti-corruption war, even as there were indications of the capture of a prominent section of the media by dark forces.
“The picture of organized corruption marshalling its evil forces to launch a sustained fight-back becomes clearer, if cognizance is taken of the bewildering insistence of the Senate to carry on with the ill-advised amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal Act as well as the inexplicable provisions proposed for amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
“Let it be underscored that the statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include phoney decoration of any individual as “Anti-corruption Ambassador”. That award and title are unknown to the EFCC and could not have been invested as purported, on behalf of the Acting Chairman, Management and staff of the EFCC.
“Members of the public and stakeholders in the fight against corruption are enjoined to disregard the so-called decoration, while stern administrative action is being taken on the clearly misdirected officer who acted entirely without authorization.”
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