For every N10 we recovered, more than N50 stolen - EFCC boss Olukoyede


EFCC boss Olukoyede receiving the award

….GPMI Honours Olukoyede with “ Man of Valour” Award

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ola Olukoyede has bewailed the scourge of corruption in the country with the promise that he will not disappoint Nigerians or spare the corrupt.

The EFCC boss spoke on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 after he was conferred with the “Man of Valour” Award by Global Peace Movement International, GPMI, an international organization with presence in 27 countries. Two other awards, Winner and Torchlight Awards were presented to Olukoyede, spokesperson for the anti-graft commission, Dele Oyewale said in a statement.

Speaking at the event, the EFCC boss noted that for every N10 recovered by the anti-graft agency, more than N50 has been stolen and for the N10 to be recovered, the Commission will need approximately N2.50k.

To this end, Olukoyede restated the commitment of the Commission under his leadership to the pursuit of preventive frameworks to tackle corruption

“We decided to go by the way of prevention and I set up a directorate of Fraud Risk Assessment and Control (FRAC). With this Directorate, we are going into MDAs and monitor real time the implementation of budgets. As money is being released, we will be tracking it”, he said.

The EFCC boss also acknowledged the political will of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to fight corruption, stressing that the President is not interfering in the works of the EFCC. “If God has not brought someone like President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who gives us free hand to do this job, imagine what would have happened to our system? There is so much to be done and somebody must do this job. Let us come together to give Nigerians the benefit of good governance

He restated that no shade of economic and financial crime would go unaddressed under his leadership of the EFCC. “We will do the mini; we will do the mega. If you don’t do the mini, the mini will become the mega. Some of these people stealing money in high places started from the local governments, they started as leaders of associations in schools, where they stole money and they did nothing to them and it became part of their lives.”

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While touching on the negative impact of internet crimes, Olukoyede disclosed that several international companies had to shut down their Nigerian operations following massive theft of their finances through local wire fraud. “In 2022, we lost over $500million in our economy to yahoo boys. The statistics are there. In the same year, about 71 international companies left Nigeria because they hacked their accounts.

“We can’t get credit cards in Nigeria because of our poor credit rating because of the activities of these cyber criminals, so the best we can get is debit cards.

“Do you know that there are some international merchants that you cannot use Nigerian cards on their platforms? Display your Green Passport outside the country and see if they will not take you aside and search you thoroughly”, he said. The EFCC boss charged Nigerians to fully embrace the fight against economic and financial crimes in the overall interests of the nation.

Olukoyede dedicated the Awards to the Commission, expressed appreciation of the management and staff of the Commission to GPMI. He pointed out that everyone that identifies with the EFCC in its bid to tackle the menace of economic and financial crimes is a corruption fighter.

“On behalf of the management and staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission I would like to thank you very much for the honour that you have done to us. I want to tell you that we would not take the honour for granted. We are going to improve on whatever that has led to this. Everyone who identifies with our mandate is a corruption fighter.

Presenting the Awards to Olukoyede at the EFCC’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, Dr. Mike Uyi, President, GPMI, who came to the EFCC’s headquarters with a large delegation of local and international officials of the organization disclosed that the EFCC Chairman was unanimously chosen for the triple honour because of the new dawn his leadership has brought to the country’s anti-corruption fight.

“With the present EFCC Chairman, we are bold to say to the entire world that we have gotten a Chairman that will not fall by the wayside. We have gotten a Chairman who has integrity and fear of God to take on the job without fear or favour. And that is why he is qualified for the Global Peace Movement Awards

Uyi explained that Olukoyede is one public official giving his all to Nigerians, standing in the gap and inspiring confidence within and outside the country. “I am presenting these Awards to the EFCC Chairman who has done so well for Nigeria. A lion that is not making noise. He has made Nigeria proud and we Nigerians at home and in the diaspora are proud of him”, he said.

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