Tough times await corrupt Nigerians both in the public and private sectors as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has vowed to aggressively fight malfeasance in both high and low places with the instrumentality of the Rule of Law as entrenched in the Nigerian constitution.
Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, made this known on Saturday, in Kano during his maiden visit to the Kano Zonal Office of the Commission.
While addressing management and staff of the Commission, Bawa noted that strict adherence to the Rule of Law from inception distinguished the Commission as a high performance anti-corruption institution.
“There were no new laws that other law enforcement agencies were not empowered to enforce; the only thing that made EFCC unique is adherence to the rule of law.
We allow the law to take its cause. Once someone crosses the line, we will do our job with civility and charge them to court to answer for their crime,” he said.
The EFCC Chair also charged the staff to adhere to the Commission’s core values which are: professionalism, integrity and courage in the discharge of their duties, while stating that “EFCC was established based on the principle of courage, professionalism and integrity. That was the foundation that made the EFCC what it is today.
“There are pioneer officers of the Commission who have worked hard to make the EFCC what it is by sheer determination and courage and that is what we need to uphold and remember.
“We need to always remember where we are coming from so as to know where we are headed, ”he said.
The anti-corruption czar urged the staff to renew their commitment to work in order to ensure the success of the Commission as the current administration reposed a lot of confidence in the Commission.
Bawa said his appointment as chairman should inspire young officers to aim for greatness. He further called the staff to shun indiscipline and corruption as such vices would not be tolerated in the Commission.
On the issue of reforming the Commission, the EFCC boss disclosed that he had set up committees to look at the issues of digitalization of the Commission’s database, Standard Operations Procedure, Staff welfare, among others.
He also assured that the Commission under his watch will be proactive in its fight against corruption.