Quest for bribes by our investigators becoming too embarrassing, says EFCC chairman

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Chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede says the quest for bribes by the agency’s investigators has become “too embarrassing”.

In his New Year address to the staff of the commission on Thursday, Olukoyede said the “major objective” of the war against corruption and financial crimes globally is to drive economic development and create job opportunities for the populace.

He said there is no government agency as crucial to the nation’s quest for growth and development as the EFCC.


“We have all it takes to bring up the profile and developmental index of our nation. I urge all of you to be steadfast and committed to this clarion,” he said.

Olukoyede said public opinions about the conduct of some of EFCC’s investigators are adverse and called on the staff to show integrity and discipline.

“The craze and quest for gratification, bribes and other compromises by some of our investigators are becoming too embarrassing and this must not continue,” he said.

“Let me sound a note of warning in this regard. I will not hesitate to wield the big stick against any form of infraction by any staff of the commission.

“The department of internal affairs has been directed to be more ardent in its work and monitor every staff in all their engagements. The image of the commission is too important to be placed on the line by any corrupt officer.

“Let me also talk about the review of the arrest and bail guidelines which I expect everyone to be familiar with by now. The review is informed by the need for us to conform with international best practices in law enforcement.

“We are a civilized anti-graft agency. Arrest and bail would henceforth be done in line with the rule of law.

“Our investigators should particularly take note of this. It is important for us to understand the dynamics of the world in the area of law enforcement. Change is the most permanent fact of life. We should not be seen to be resisting changes in our work.”

The EFCC chairman said the commission is mindful of the increasing need for the improved welfare of staff, noting that steps are being taken to address that.

“The new year promises to bring smiles on the faces of staff across all the commands. We will continue to do our best to put all of you at your best. However, to whom much is given, much is expected,” he said.

“We should dignify the privilege of being EFCC staff with proportionate responsibility. It is both a duty and an obligation.”