Lagos – Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has challenged civil society organisations to support the anti-graft agency's efforts to rid Nigeria of such crimes.
Lamorde’s comments came on the heels of an orchestrated protest staged at the premises of the EFCC Abuja office recently.
The anti-graft agency has claimed a rented crowd claiming to be representatives of CSOs in the country, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Liberties and Equity, staged the protest.
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Represented by the agency’s Director of Operations, Olaolu Adegbite, Lamorde noted that it was essential for the society at large, including the CSOs, to regard themselves as partners with the EFCC in the war on corruption.
“We believe in engaging with the civil society groups, as well as non-governmental organizations, but the events in question, where a group of protesters caused a melodrama at the premises of the agency, accusing the agency of prosecuting corrupt individuals in the country, was most shocking,” he said.
“It has therefore got to a point, where we now have to sieve those who are partners in progress, from those who though parade themselves as civil society organizations, are actually tools in the hands of some corrupt individuals in the country that we are investigating and prosecuting.”
- CAJ News