Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dismissed the latest rankings that the CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, released this week.
In a hard-hitting statement, the commission rejected the low ratings by the research firms as as “misleading” and “impinging” on the integrity of the EFCC.
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a news publication on page 8 of Thisday and page 4 of Leadership Newspapers of October 22, 2013 that lumps the Commission among agencies of government touted as highly corrupt. The report was said to be the result of a 2013 National Crime Victimization and Safety Survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation. Ordinarily such a report ought not to be dignified with as response save for the fact that it is misleading and impinges the integrity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Without mincing words, the Commission considers its integrity as a core value and has toiled relentlessly to sustain its reputation as an effective law enforcement organisation with zero tolerance for corruption,” EFCC stated.
It added that, “the agency will not fold its hand while some arm chair researchers desperate to justify a grant, use the result of a spurious survey to cast aspersion on its integrity. While not trying to speak for other agencies, the EFCC challenges the authors of the survey to publish the parameters used in the exercise to arrive at the sweeping conclusion and stigmatisation of an agency as corrupt.”
The agency questioned the evaluation methods used for the ranking.
“For a country with a population of over 160 million, it is the height of irresponsibility for some NGO (non-governmental organisation) to sit in their cosy offices, design survey questionnaires and administer to their friends and cronies only to publish the result as a national aggregate of opinion,” EFCC blasted.
The statement added that the agency is proud of its record when it comes to integrity.
“The mere fact that operatives of the Commission cannot easily be induced is one reason why cases of impersonation of operatives of the Commission by fraudsters are rampant. While some of these fraudsters have been arrested, prosecuted and convicted, others are still on the prowl.”
– CAJ News