Anti graft agency denies appointing Deputy Senate President

Barth Ikiebe, Abuja.

EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied decorating Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, as its anti-corruption ambassador.

In a statement on Wednesday, the commission said reports widely circulated in the media on Tuesday, quoting its National Assembly liaison officer as bestowing the award on Mr. Ekweremadu, was of no consequence as the officer acted on his own.

According to the statement, the attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the print and online media claiming that the anti-graft agency has decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as “Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, the purported decoration, was carried out by the EFCC National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari, who was quoted to have said: “On behalf of my acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti- Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of the institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly”.

The EFCC said it “totally dissociated itself from the purported action of Sulaiman Bakari as he acted entirely on his own. He clearly acted outside his brief as a liaison officer as the management of the Commission at no time mandated him to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as Anti- Corruption Ambassador.

The statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti-corruption ambassadors.”

The Commission explained that it is not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals, noting that  those enamoured of titles, know the quarters to approach for such honours, not the EFCC.