No more sacred cows in anti-graft war – EFCC
The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde says there will be no more sacred cows in the fight against economic crimes, including corruption.
Lamorde made the declaration on Friday, at an event put together by the Inter Agency Task Team as part of activities to mark this year’s anti-corruption day which took place at the Shehu Yar ‘Adua Centre, Abuja.
According to the new EFCC boss, “The Commission shall brook no more compromises no matter how veiled. Nigerians must develop the culture of allowing the process of law to take its course. The cancerous effect of corruption has neither ethnic, religion nor cultural affiliation. Those whose other profession is to plead the cause of suspects other than in the courts must come to the full realization that such opportunities are not available.”
He said the EFCC under his watch will be “vigorous and uncompromising” in the enforcement of existing laws within its jurisdiction.
Lamorde also stressed the need to beam more searchlights on the private sector since, according to him, “grand corruption cases particularly those involving Politically Exposed Persons, PEPs have strong private sector connection and support.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke said the Ministry of Justice is in the process of carrying out comprehensive review of all the anti corruption laws to imbibe international best practices and to enhance coordination amongst anti corruption agencies.
He said the theme of this year’s celebrations “Act against Corruption Today” is apt as it enjoins people to go beyond the talk and move to action. He also called on governments, anti corruption agencies, civil society organization and religious leaders to take concerted actions against corruption.
This year’s international anti-corruption day was organized by Inter Agency Task Team which comprises of 21 government agencies.
The inter agency Task team is the coordinating platform of various government agencies with Anti corruption and accountability mandates in Nigeria.