The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted media cliams that the commission decorated the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, as its “Anti-Corruption Ambassador.”
In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, there was no time the anti graft agency decorated the the Deputy Senate President as its ambassador, saying the commission’s duty was strictly to that of financial Crimes investigation.
He said, “the attention of the commission had been drawn to some reports in the print and online media, on April 20, 2016 claiming that the anti-graft agency decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.
Uwujaren said the report which was said to have been 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.
He noted that Bakari 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.”
Uwujaren said: “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.”
He added that the statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti- corruption ambassadors.
Uwujaren said the Commission is not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals. And those enamoured of titles, knows 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,” he said.