Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ola Olukoyede
, has revealed that some investigators of the commission take bribes and compromise the fight against corruption.
In his New Year address to the staff of the EFCC, Olukoyede said he would not hesitate to punish any officer who tarnishes the image of the EFCC.
“At this point, 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.”
Olukoyede said 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,” Olukoyede said.
He explained that the EFCC’s new policy drive is premised on a three-pronged agenda and blueprint.
He stated that the first plank of the agenda is proper focusing of the mandate of the EFCC, secondly to put modalities in place for running the administration and governance of the nation at various levels.
Also, building and promoting the international image and reputation of Nigeria in the eye of the world as a country that is worthy of attracting foreign direct investments.
On the review of the arrest and bail guidelines, the Chairman said the EFCC is informed by the need to conform with international best practices in law enforcement.
“We are a civilized anti-graft agency. Arrest and bail would henceforth be done in line with the rule of law. Our investigators should particularly take note of this. It is important for us to understand the dynamics of the world in the area of law enforcement,” Olokoyede said.
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