No Hiding Place for Corrupt People in Nigeria– EFCC Boss

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, assures that there will be no hiding place for corrupt people in the Nigeria.
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Olukoyede conveyed this message in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, as stated by the EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

The EFCC chairman expressed this sentiment during the visit of the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Aliyu (SAN) in Abuja.

Olukoyede stated that, given the political will of President Bola Tinubu to confront economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption, there would be no immunity for corrupt individuals.

According to him, Tinubu is creating the right atmosphere for anti-graft activities for both the EFCC and ICPC, and no Nigerian is exempt from investigations for any corruption allegations.

“We believe that with the kind of President we have, who is ready and willing to do the right thing and from what we have seen in recent times and in the last 48 hours.

“It is clear that he has provided the political will and leadership and created the atmosphere for us to work. So, there is no hiding place for the corrupt.

“We must give our best; we must be committed and give the President the right support he needs. Nobody is too big to be investigated in this country. Once you are not playing according to the rules, we will investigate you,” he said.

He added that the engagement with the ICPC was sending the right signals to the entire country that the anti-corruption agencies were coming together and extending hands of comradeship and fellowship to each other.

The chairman recalled that there was a subsisting Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both agencies.

“Today, the MoU is in place. It is going to be a living document that we can review from time to time to accommodate mutual interest,” he said.

Olukoyede pointed out that the enormity of cases both agencies are handling justified their independent existence.

“Even with five anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria, we hardly can do more than scratch the surface. One anti-corruption agency in the U.S. has staff strength of about 35,000.

“I am not sure the staff strength of the EFCC and the ICPC put together will be up to 7,000.

“Though people have been talking of duplication of responsibilities between the EFCC and ICPC, I don’t see it from that perspective. I see it from the perspective of the enormity of the work on our hands.

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