The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recorded 113 convictions nationwide between January and June 2017.
The Commission’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, made the disclosure on Friday, June 30 at an interactive meeting with stakeholders in Ikoyi, Lagos
According to Mr. Magu, the feat was made possible by the contributions and support of stakeholders. He vowed not to spare the corrupt despite the prevailing encumbrances.
“We will not fail to bring to book those who have corruptly stolen our commonwealth and thereafter organize to destabilise the anti-corruption initiatives.
I will not relent, I will fight… for the interest of our citizens and our children’s future,” he declared.
The EFCC boss who observed that corruption was at the root of recent separatist agitations in parts of the country, urged for the joining of forces by all patriots to defeat these tendencies, adding that “we all have a stake in the peaceful co-existence of this nation.”
Civil society leaders who spoke at the forum called on the Commission to improve its prevention awareness campaign by creating communication strategies that will motivate the masses to join the anti-corruption crusade.
Malachy Ugwumadu, president Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, described the anti-corruption fight not only as a class struggle, but a war that must be won by the people.
“This is a class struggle between the political elites and those of us fighting to rescue the soul of our society. The battle may be lost if we don’t reorganize and focus on the people who seem confused due to manipulation by the corrupt few”.
Jiti Ogunye, lawyer and human rights activist, acknowledged the challenges confronting the anti-corruption agencies especially the dangerous environment in which their personnel operate.”
He sued for encouragement for all anti-corruption agencies in order to reduce the pressure on EFCC.
While calling for committment and synergy among civil society groups, Joe Odumakin of Women Arise, said “this is not a day to agonise but to organise and put our strategies in focus.
Enough of the diversionary tactics employed by those who hate the commission.
We must put our house in order, and create more awareness in the communities on the dangers of corruption and how we can mobilize the common people for support”.
Other speakers who lent their voices to the campaign include Wahab Shittu, university lecturer and human rights lawyer; Foluke Michael, project coordinator, Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption; Liborous Oshomah, human rights activist among others.
Source: ( NAN )
BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters
The Police chief expressed that Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”
This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’.
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Adamu explained that contrary to reports, police officers “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”
He revealed that 22 police officers died during the protests, while 205 police stations and formations were damaged by a section of the protesters.
WTO: Gov Ikpeazu Drums Support For Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment
Ikpeazu expressed that Okonjo-Iweala’s victory will be a huge win for women and trade.
He made this remark in a tweet on his official Twitter page.
This is coming at a time the United States of America rejected her emergence, arguing that the WTO must be handled by someone who is experienced in trading, hence their preference for South Korea’s Myung-hee.
“The victory of @NOIweala will be a huge win for Women, Trade (a pillar of our Government), Africa & the World.
“As one eminently qualified for the position of Director General of @wto, we expect all 164 members to support her, including the great United States of America.”
Buhari Congratulates Oba Of Lagos On His Birthday
President Buhari appreciated the role that the Oba of Lagos has played in nurturing the peace and development of Lagos State and the nation as a whole.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday evening.
He added that the president also commiserated with him on the recent episode of violence that led to the loss of lives and property in Lagos.
”The President recalled his long association and friendship with the Oba and appreciated the personal role that the latter has played in nurturing the peace and development of Lagos state and nation as a whole,” Shehu said.
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