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EFCC urges states to join anti-corruption battle

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Larmode yesterday asked state governments to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in the battle against corruption.

He spoke in Abuja at the launch of Phase 11 of the Technical  Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) study in the public finance management system in Nigeria.

Lamorde, who was represented by the commission’s Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Akomoye, said: “We want to see states initiate investigations. Even where the states have anti-corruption laws, we are yet to see the result of what they are doing at the state level.“

He noted that whereas the battle against corruption has recorded a huge success at the federal level, state governments are yet to initiate investigation in line with their laws.

The EFCC boss expressed surprise that Nigerians are clamouring for new legislation on anti-corruption when existing ones are yet to be implemented.

He, therefore, called on the citizenry to ensure that existing laws are implemented.

The Director-General, Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) , Mr Femi Ajaiye,  said the structures of most of the agencies that battle corruption in Nigeria are weak, adding that they lack the wherewithal to implement the anti-graft laws.

He cited some NDLEA commands that do not have have standard cells and as such its personnel must keep vigil to safeguard them.

He said: The NDLEA, for instance, sometimes you see them punishing people for crimes that they did not commit. For instance, I was part of a board on the issue of what you call jail break. The issue is that most of the NDLEA commands do not have what we call standard cells. And  in some of the cells, even a pregnant woman can escape, because they are not standard cells.”

The Chairman, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency (NEITI), Mr Ledum Mitee, said the report that was being launched would boost the anti-corruption database, which TUGAR is working  on, bringing to 16 the number of states whose PFM system have been scoped and analysed.

The survey covered nine states.

He said TUGAR, ICPC, Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) and EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies are working on a project to certify and deploy corruption risk assessors who will look at the procedure and structures within government establishment, and identify areas that are vulnerable to corruption and institute integrity plans.

NEITI Executive Secretary, Hajiya Zainab Ibrahim said: “We welcome the on-going corruption risk assessment project TUGAR is carrying out in cooperation with other IATT members. We, particularly, welcome the pilot assessments being planned in selected Ministries Departments and Agencies.”