14th September, 2012
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has dissociated itself from a report entitled, Corruption; Why the EFCC Lost Steam, which appeared in the P.M.NEWS of Wednesday, 12 September, 2012.
The report was attributed to an official of the commission, Paschal Joseph Samu, who said at an event in Lagos that the Federal Government lacks the will to fight corruption.
Acoording to a statement issued by Wilson Uwujaren, Acting Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC, “the commission wishes to state that the views ascribed to the said officer do not in any way represent the position of the Commission. As rightly stated in the publication, he expressed a personal opinion which has no bearing or relevance to commission.
“The impression about a meltdown in the activities of the commission is also completely unfounded. The EFCC remains committed to the anti-graft campaign. This is evidenced by the untiring efforts of the Executive Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to restore the integrity of the agency through an internal cleansing programme which impact is already being felt both within and outside the Commission.
“More importantly, the enforcement activities of the commission have been re-professionalised, with emphasis on thorough investigation of cases to stand the rigours of prosecution.
“Moreover, the recent arraignment of oil marketers indicted in the fuel subsidy scam, the continuing trial of the perpetrators of the pension scam, as well as a number of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), including the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timpre Sylva hardy portray an agency that had lost steam. If anything, EFCC is more vigorous and focused and has the full backing of President Jonathan in the discharge of its onerous mandate.”