Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dismissed claims it was selectively discharging its duties and had lost relevance.
Speaking at a media workshop, Director of Operations of the EFCC, Olaolu Adegbite referred to some issues in some sections of the media concerning the profiling of the EFCC that he considered to be “less than desirable.”
Such issues pertain to the allegation of selectivity of the EFCC in the discharge of its duties and its purported dwindling effectiveness in recent times.
“The notion that only those who have fallen out of favour with the powers that be are touched by the Commission or the Commission has gone to sleep are unfortunately the creation of the media. Even in the midst of contrary evidence, a section of the press have been so swayed by these stereotypes that they are unwilling to shift their gaze,” Adegbite said.
He challenged the media to hone its investigative skills more and always verify facts before publishing any story about corruption and economic crimes because of their sensitive nature.
Nonetheless, Adegbite commended media for complementing government efforts to tackle corruption.
He described the media as a significant and pivotal ally in the fight against corrupt practices.
“Without a doubt, the media is a critical stakeholder in the anti-graft war. With your pen, you could make or mar the fight against economic crimes and corruption. The media’s potentials to inform and educate the people is crucial for us. We believe that on our own, we cannot win the war against corruption without a buy in by the people. This is where the support of the media comes in. We need the media to help sensitize the people on the ills of corruption and economic crimes,” he said.
The media workshop, themed: “Media Reporting of Economic Crimes” drew participants from print, electronic and social media and issues central to financial crimes reporting were discussed. At the workshop, participants raised various issues, especially as it concerned the challenges inherent in the reportage of corruption cases.
– CAJ News