The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday discredited reports that it has decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as an ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador’.
The anti-graft agency made the disclaimer in a statement by its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.
“According to a statement issued to the press 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,” the agency noted.
It quoted Mr Bakari 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 totally dissociated itself from the purported action of the liaison officer, insisting that he had 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 statement read.
The agency maintained that its statutory mandate was the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti- corruption ambassadors.
The agency added that was not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals, stressing that “those enamoured of titles, know the quarters to approach for such honours, not the EFCC”.
They called on the members of the public and stakeholders in the fight against corruption to disregard the supposed decoration.