The Executive Chairman, Economic, and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa has made a strong vow to develop strategies that will guide its approach to fighting corruption in the country.
This time he said the EFCC will be more proactive and apply intelligence-led investigation.
Bawa said this in Abuja on Friday, March 5, when he officially assumed duties at the commission’s headquarters.
The spokesperson for EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that the new EFCC boss promised a paradigm shift; in the agency’s approach to anti-graft war, from fighting corrupt persons to fighting corruption.
“There is a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people; and going forward, we are going to be proactive in our approach in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
“I will create a full-fledged directorate of intelligence that will spearhead intelligence gathering; which will ensure proactive response in the fight against corruption.
“We are going to digitalise our processes, and we are going to create a new full-pledged directorate of intelligence; to enable us to gather intelligence so that we will be proactive in our fight against economic and financial crimes.
“And by so doing, we will also provide the government with necessary quality advice that will lead to good governance,” Bawa pledged.
He also assured stakeholders of the Commission’s continued partnership.
“For our strategic partners across the shores of this country, we will continue to work together with you.
“We will continue to share intelligence, to see that the stolen wealth of this country is returned for the betterment of us all.
“But all of these, we will be doing it the way the EFCC is known to be doing its things.
“The provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, extant laws of the country have always been and will always be our guide,” he said.
The EFCC chairman also pledged to prioritise staff welfare; stressing he was going to work on it, and also seek necessary support from the government.
“We know the problems and God willing, we are going to solve these problems,” he assured.
Earlier in his handing over remarks, the out-going Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Mohammed Umar, said under his watch, the Commission prosecuted 804 cases and obtained a total of 583 convictions.
He added that substantial recovery running into billions of Naira was made; while various assets were equally forfeited through interim or final Order of Court.
He congratulated Bawa for a well-deserved appointment and wished him well in his new assignment.