Abuja - The United Sates said it would continue to support efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in tackling economic crimes and corruption in Nigeria.
The new American Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, made the pledge in Abuja where he paid a courtesy visit on the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.
Entwistle observed that corruption remained a global challenge to Nigeria and pledge his country’s continued support to the anti-graft agency.
The new envoy said he was impressed with the programme of the Commission and that his country would support the agency “in any way we can.”
Lamorde commended the United States government for their support for the EFCC since its inception.
He said the US government remained a major international ally of the Commission in the fight against corruption and financial crimes.
Lamorde added that the agency had several joint operations with a number of US law enforcement organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the US Postal Inspection Service.
“We will do our utmost best not to let you down. We know you have confidence in us. We will make sure that the confidence is not misplaced,” Lamorde sad.
Lamorde said the commission remained neutral and non-partisan in the discharge charge of its responsibilities.
Most of the times anything that happens, whether people are at fault they blame it on someone else. Even when there is a genuine case and you go after an individual, they will start saying that he is being haunted because he is this or that. It is a situation that is laden with landmine now. So we have to meander to avoid stepping on the landmine so that they do not blow us up,” he said.
– CAJ News