EFCC to take ‘stern’ action against officer who named Ekweremadu ‘anti- corruption ambassador’

EFCC to take ‘stern’ action against officer who named Ekweremadu ‘anti- corruption ambassador’
April 20 21:54 2016

The Economic and Financial
 Crimes Commission has vowed to
take “stern administrative action”
against its National Assembly
liaison officer, Suleiman Bakari,
for bestowing an unauthorised
award on Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
According to a statement released  by EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, on Wednesday, the commission dissociated
itself from the “anti-corruption
ambassador” award on
 Ekweremadu, saying Bakari
 acted without authorization.

“The EFCC totally dissociates itself
from the purported action of
Bakari as he acted entirely on his
own and clearly outside his
liaison officer brief as he was
never instructed by the Acting
Chairman nor mandated by the
management and staff of the
Commission to decorate
Ekweremadu or any officer of the
National Assembly as ‘Anti-
Corruption Ambassador’,” the
statement read in part.

The commission described Bakari’s
conduct as “highly
unprofessional” and saying it was
yet another manifestation of
“corruption fighting back”.
“The commission views this highly
unprofessional conduct of the
officer as yet another
manifestation of ‘Corruption
Fighting Back’.

This leg of the
despicable campaign, which is
unfortunately being carried out
by a staff of the Commission, had
been foreshadowed in recent
weeks by other questionable
acts.
“Let it be underscored that the statutory
mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and
prosecution of all economic and financial
crimes cases, which does not include phoney
decoration of any individual as “Anti-
corruption Ambassador”.

That award and title
are unknown to the EFCC and could not have
been invested as purported, on behalf of the
Acting Chairman, Management and staff of
the EFCC.
“Members of the public and stakeholders in
the fight against corruption are enjoined to
disregard the so-called decoration, while stern
administrative action is being taken on the
clearly misdirected officer who acted entirely
without authorization.”

The attention of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has been drawn to some
reports in the print and online
media, on April 20, 2016 claiming
that the anti-graft agency has
decorated the Deputy Senate
President, Ike Ekweremadu, as
“Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.
According to a statement issued to
the press by the Special Adviser to
the Deputy Senate President, Uche
Anichukwu, the purported
decoration, was carried out by the
EFCC National Assembly Liaison
Officer, Suleiman Bakari, who was
quoted to have said: “On behalf of
my acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim
Mustafa Magu and the entire
management and staff of the
EFCC, decorate you as an Anti-
Corruption Ambassador and
formally present this frame, as a
token of our appreciation to your
person and office, and as a
symbol of the institutional
partnership between the EFCC
and the National Assembly”.
The EFCC totally dissociates itself
from the purported action of
Sulaiman Bakari as he acted
entirely on his own. He clearly
acted outside his brief as a liaison
officer as the management of the
Commission at no time mandated
him to decorate Ekweremadu or
any officer of the National
Assembly as Anti- Corruption
Ambassador.

The Commission is not in the habit of
awarding titles to individuals. And those
enamoured of titles, know the quarters to
approach for such honours, not the EFCC.
Members of the public and stakeholders in the
fight against corruption are enjoined to
disregard the so-called decoration,” the statement read in part.