The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Friday, revealed that the commission would create a full-fledged directorate of intelligence aimed at gathering intelligence for proactive response against corruption.
Bawa, who stated this at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja when the out-going acting Chairman of the commission, Mohammed Umar Abba, handed over to him, stressed that the agency under his watch will embark on an intelligence-driven fight against corruption.
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He also reiterated his vows that all stolen Nigeria’s wealth outside the country would be repatriated for the better of the country, saying the time had come for a paradigm shift in the agency and nation’s anti-corruption war.
“We are going to digitalise our processes, and we are going to create a new full-pledged directorate of intelligence to enable us to gather intelligence so that we will be proactive in our fight against economic and financial crimes; and by so doing, we will also provide the government with necessary quality advice that will lead to good governance,” he said.
He added, “There is a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people; and going forward, we are going to be proactive in our approach in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
“For our strategic partners across the shores of this country, we will continue to work together with you.
“We will continue to share intelligence, to see that the stolen wealth of this country is returned for the betterment of us all.
“But all of these, we will be doing it the way the EFCC is known to be doing its things.
“The provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, extant laws of the country have always been and will always be our guide.
Also speaking at the event, the out-going acting Chairman of the Commission, Abba, congratulated his successor and wished him well on his appointment.
“I am particularly delighted to be handing over the affairs of the Commission to Bawa.
“He is an officer with whom I have enjoyed a close working relationship and who contributed immensely to our collective efforts in the war against economic and financial crimes.
“I have no doubt that he will do well and enjoin all staff to accord him the same support that I have received over the last seven months,” he said.