If you are one of the many discerning Nigerians wondering about the sudden consciousness of the country’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC, then you need to read what the chairman of the seemingly silenced agency.
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, yesterday indicted the outgoing Jonathan administration, blaming it over the poor performance of the agency. Speaking through the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC boss, blamed its inability to tackle corruption on inadequate funding from the outgoing government.
According to Uwujaren, “we are happy that the incoming government is making the fight against corruption one of its cardinal objectives. Every Nigerian is happy about that. EFCC has been doing this for more than 11 years. We are proud of what the incoming administration wants to do. “We need an administration that will look at what we are doing and empower us sufficiently to enable us make more impact than we have ever done in the past.
We welcome the focus and we believe Nigeria needs to tackle this fight more rigorously for us to make the needed impact.” Uwujaren proudly listed series of achievements recorded by the agency in over 10 years of its existence, claiming significant progress had been made in the prosecution of former governors.
He said assets that belonged to some of ex-governors had been seized, while money running into billions of dollars had been recovered on behalf of the Nigerian government. “It is important to recall some of the milestones achieved by the commission in the investigation, prosecution and recovery of assets of politically exposed persons, including ex-governors,” Uwujaren noted. He denied rumours that the EFCC was involvedin corruption in regards to seized assets and frozen accounts of suspects.