Some of our investigators embarrassing us with bribe demands – EFCC Chairman

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EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has said that the commission is embarrassed by the craze and quest for gratification, bribes and other compromises by some of its investigators.

Olukoyede said this in a New Year message to staff of the anti-graft commission which The Herald obtained.

Speaking on the public’s perception of the EFCC, the Chairman said, “I need to strongly reiterate the issue of discipline, integrity and sense of responsibility in the way we do our work. Public opinions about the conduct of some of our investigators are adverse.

“The craze and quest for gratification, bribes and other compromises by some of our investigators are becoming too embarrassing and this must not continue.

“Let me sound a note of warning in this regard. I will not hesitate to wield the big stick against any form of infraction by any staff of the Commission.

“The Department of Internal Affairs has been directed to be more ardent in its work and monitor every staff in all their engagements.

“The image of the Commission is too important to be placed on the line by any corrupt officer.”

He said that 2023 brought monstrous challenges to the corporate strength of the EFCC which the commission was able to sail through by the grace of God and its resilience as an entity.

The chairman thanked EFCC staff for their roles since his appointment in the last quarter of 2023, which he said has been able to stabilise the system and roll out fresh initiatives and policy direction for the commission.

“As you would recall, our new policy drive is premised on a three-pronged agenda and blueprint. The first plank of the agenda is proper focusing of the mandate of the EFCC.

“All over the world, the major objective of war against corruption and financial crimes is to drive economic development, create wealth and job opportunities for the populace. We need to come to these realities and operate by them. Our nation is in dire straits. We need to continue to do everything possible to stimulate the revenue profile of Nigeria.

“There is no Agency of government as crucial to the nation’s quest for growth and development as the EFCC.

“We have all it takes to bring up the profile and developmental index of our nation. I urge all of you to be steadfast and committed to this clarion,” he said.

He said the EFCC management is mindful of the increasing need for the welfare of staff and steps are being taken in this regard, noting that he would not discuss specifics.

“However, the new year promises to bring smiles on the faces of staff across all the Commands.

“We will continue to do our best to put all of you at your best. However, to whom much is given, much is expected,” Olukoyede said.


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