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Wednesday, May 12

EFCC Chair: Fight Against Corruption Will be Intelligence Driven

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EFCC Chair: Fight Against Corruption Will be Intelligence DrivenMr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that fighting corruption in his administration will be intelligence-driven.This was disclosed earlier today in Abuja.

In a statement by Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Spokesperson for EFCC, said that the EFCC chairman would fight corruption by investigation cum intelligence-driven approach.

The shift, which was said would lead to good governance.

In his words: “I will create a full-fledged directorate of intelligence that will spearhead intelligence gathering, which will ensure proactive response in the fight against corruption.

“We are going to digitalise our processes, and we are going to create a new full-pledged directorate of intelligence to enable us gather intelligence so that we will be proactive in our fight against economic and financial crimes.

“And by so doing, we will also provide the government with necessary quality advice that will lead to good governance,” Bawa pledged.

“There is a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people; and going forward, we are going to be proactive in our approach in the fight against economic and financial crimes,” he said.He also assured stakeholders of the commission’s continued partnership.“For our strategic partners across the shores of this country, we will continue to work together with you.

“We will continue to share intelligence, to see that the stolen wealth of this country is returned for the betterment of us all.“But all of these, we will be doing it the way the EFCC is known to be doing its things.

“The provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, extent laws of the country have always been and will always be our guide,” he said.

Earlier in his handing over remarks, the out-going Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Mohammed Umar, said under his watch, the Commission prosecuted 804 cases and obtained a total of 583 convictions.

He added that substantial recovery running into billions of Naira was made, while various assets were equally forfeited through interim or final Order of Court.He congratulated Bawa for a well-deserved appointment and wished him well in his new assignment.

“I am particularly delighted to be handing over the affairs of the Commission to Bawa.“He is an officer with whom I have enjoyed close working relationship and who contributed immensely to our collective efforts in the war against Economic and Financial crimes.

“I have no doubt that he will do well, and I enjoin all staff to accord him the same support that I have received over the last seven months,“ he said.Umar, however, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to lead the Commission.

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