The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dissociated itself from the decoration of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as an anti-corruption ambassador by its National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari.
A statement from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Bakari “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.”
Uwujaren said Bakari did not act on behalf of the agency’s acting chairman Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff as reported in the media.
He added that the commission views the unprofessional conduct of the officer as another manifestation of ‘Corruption Fighting Back.’
Uwujaren said: “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.”
He said the statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, and does not include the decoration of individuals as anti- corruption ambassadors.
“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,” Uwujaren said.