We Will Fight Corruption With Rule Of Law – Bawa
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has reiterated the commission’s commitment to fighting corruption within the ambits of the law.
Speaking in Kano during his maiden visit to the Zonal Office of the EFCC, Bawa said what distinguished the anti-graft agency at inception was strict adherence to the rule of law.
“There were no new laws that other law enforcement agencies were not empowered to enforce; the only thing that made EFCC unique, is adherence to the rule of law,” he said on Saturday.
“We allow the law to take its cause. Once someone crosses the line, we will do our job with civility and charge them to court to answer for their crime.”
The EFCC boss also charged the staff to adhere to the commission’s core values which are professionalism, integrity and courage, in the discharge of their duties.
Bawa urged workers to renew their commitment to work in order to ensure the agency’s success, noting that while not expecting perfection from the staff, his appointment as chairman should inspire young officers to aim for greatness.
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He further called the staff to shun indiscipline and corruption as such vices would not be tolerated in the Commission.
“There are pioneer officers of the Commission who have worked hard to make the EFCC what it is by sheer determination and courage and that is what we need to uphold and remember We need to always remember where we are coming from so as to know where we are headed, ” he added.
On the issue of reforming the Commission, the EFCC boss disclosed that he had set up committees to look at the issues of digitalization of the database, Standard Operations Procedure, Staff welfare, among others.
He also assured that the agency under his watch will be proactive in its approach to fighting corruption.