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EFCC appeals for Dutch collaboration to curb fuel subsidy

06 February 2014, 08:33 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has solicited for collaboration between the Netherlands and the Commission in investigating fuel subsidy cases.

The anti-graft agency boss stated this when he received the Director, Sub-Sahara Africa Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Stibbe, and the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria, John Groffen, in his office in Abuja.

The EFCC chairman said most of the fuel subsidy cases have link to the Netherlands and solicited for strengthening of the existing relationships between the Netherlands and the training of EFCC personnel.
“We need to strengthen existing cooperation in terms of law enforcement activities and the other issue that is important for us is training,” Lamorde said.

Lamorde also dispelled notions of interference in the work of the agency.

He said the commission worked independently.

He stated that the commission worked without any interference citing the prosecution of those allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy scam as example.

“We have enjoyed tremendous political goodwill.  We charged the son of Bamanga Tukur, who until recently was the chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to court. We also charged the son of Ahmadu Ali, former chairman of PDP to court and a host of others.  If you look at the fuel subsidy thing, it involves people of high net worth and we try to do our best so that whatever we do, we are able to defend it,” he said.

Lamorde thanked the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its support to the Commission in the fight against economic and financial crimes.

– CAJ News


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