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Buhari set to inaugurate EFCC's new office

Buhari set to inaugurate EFCC's new office”

The United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has revealed it provided the newly inaugurated head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with special IT software to enable it to carry out its anti-graft assignment.

He made the statement while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Abuja on Monday.

"The difference between the money we need to deliver the hopes and aspirations contained in our Commonwealth Charter of 2013 and the commitment we all made when we signed up to the UN SDGs of 2015 and the money we have is the sum equivalent of that which is siphoned off by the corrupt practices of the greedy, the uncaring and the pernicious few", she said.

He said there is now a realisation that "corrupt officials would be brought to justice no matter how long it takes". "We must insist that recovered stolen assets be returned to countries of origin, without any preconditions in line with article 51 UNCAC".

"Until we make sure that some of our leaders pass through those doors, this struggle against corruption in this country will not be won".

He particularly called on the Legislature to add more verve to the determination of government to rid the nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic constitutional provisions and proactive passage of new legislation. He was saying, in other words, that if you are determined, no obstacle will be big enough to stand in your way. I want Nigerians to take ownership, it should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies alone. But structures are not the whole story. Corruption not only kills governments but destroys societies.

"It has become the norm".

"And this has been a matter of great pride to us in the Commonwealth that we have been able to assist Nigeria in getting its money back and in one year".

The goal of this Administration is to ensure the protection of public trust, and the anti-corruption war is at its centre.

He however maintained that, "we never intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are determined within the laws to call people to account".

It is for this reason that we appeal to Nigerians to support regulatory agencies like Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, because fighting corruption is everyone's concern.

Dogara who was on a working visit described the building as a dream come true, noting that the project was justified considering the quality of infrastructure put in place and the fine finish of the work.

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