Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has warned politicians against dragging the commission into the political fray in their bid to garner support ahead of the upcoming general elections.
Lamorde’s sentiments come on the heels of comments by some politicians in the last few weeks, imputing political motives to the activities the commission as well as the circulation of a fake letter purportedly from the office of the Chief of Staff to the President directing the commission to investigate some political figures.
He said the intentions of the letter were “unfounded” and “unfortunate.”
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The EFCC executive also described as rumour, news that made the rounds over the weekend suggesting the commission was planning to arrest leaders of a political party as well as a fake letter in circulation claiming that the EFCC was investigating an unnamed former education minister.
“I like to sound a note of warning here that the commission will no longer tolerate people dropping its name to further their political ends. The EFCC is not a political body and will not allow itself to be dragged into political fray by desperate politicians,” Lamorde warned.
He said the EFCC does not need the prompting of anybody to open investigation against anyone that had violated the law.
“But it does the nation no good when politicians seek to use the name of the Commission to further their political objectives,” said Lamorde.