EFCC Denies Ekweremadu’s Decoration As Anti-Corruption Ambassador

EFCC-Ike-Ekweremadu-Senate-Deputy-presidentThe 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.

Ekweremadu Escapes Suspected Assassination Attempt

Deputy_Senate_President_Ike_EkweremaduThe Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has escaped a suspected assassination attempt.

In a press statement by the spokesman of the Deputy Senate President, Mr Uche Anichukwu, the attempt occurred at about 10:00am local time on Tuesday between Apo Flyover and Dantata Construction Company’s yard, close to the Old Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Headquarters junction in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

According to him, the suspected assassins, in a tinted, white-coloured Mercedez Benz AMG E63 without a plate number, were chauffeured by a long-bearded light skinned foreigner, apparently a mercenary.

“The vehicle, which was positioned by the Apo Bridge, on noticing that Ekweremadu’s convoy took the right turn to join the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway instead, made a turn,” the statement read.

He stated that the occupants attempted to attack the convoy, but were blocked.

Mr Anichukwu further alleged that the driver violently broke into the convoy and made several frantic attempts to attack the Senator’s official car.

He said that the development had been reported to security agencies.

Mali: ECOWAS Speaker Flays Prime Minister’s Forced Resignation

The Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Senator Ike Ekweremadu has condemned in strong terms, the forced resignation of the Prime Minister of Mali, Cheik Moddibbo Diara by Mali military.

The Speaker who described the Prime Minister’s resignation as shocking said such effrontery by the military negated the efforts and sacrifices being made by the ECOWAS to restore peace, order and security in the West African country.

“This development is not only a recipe for worsening the travails of democracy and security in Mali, but a stain on the joys of the successes recorded in the Sierra Leone and Ghana general elections”, he said.

Senator Ekweremadu who is also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate called on all parties in the Mali impasse, especially the military, to be cautious and restrain from worsening the Mali crisis.

“The political situations in Mali and the terrorist insurgency in the North of the country are already worrisome developments that hold grave implications for the entire sub-region and this latest event makes the deployment of an African-led International Force in Mali very proper and urgent” the Speaker emphasised.

The Speaker was speaking through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu.