The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, December 9, organized anti-corruption road walk that took place across many states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) in commemoration of this this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day.
The International Anti-Corruption Day as declared by the United Nations was themed: “Zero Tolerance to Corruption”
In Ibadan, Oyo state capital, Governor Seyi Makinde joined the officers of the Commission’s Ibadan Zonal Office in the road walk. The governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun; deputy chief of staff, Mojeed Mogbojubola, and other top government functionaries. The governor, who used the occasion to mobilise the people of the state in the fight against corruption, noted that no meaningful development can take place in a society that fails to curb corruption.
He describe the fight against corruption as duty in which all citizens must partake to secure better life and good governance.
The Ibadan zonal head of the Commission, Friday Ebelo, while speaking to journalists on the occasion, noted that corruption remained the most potent threat to human existence.
Recounting the successes of the Commission within the year in the zone, Ebelo disclosed that, “In the last one year, particularly from January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions. 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.
“In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded. We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders,” he said.
In Gombe State, the walk began from the zonal office of the Commission through the City Centre and ended in Pantami Stadium where lectures were delivered by various speakers.
The Gombe Zonal Head of the EFCC Michael Wetkas in his speech, explained the role the Commission played in this year’s general election, towards the prevention of vote buying and selling.
“We were able to secure one conviction while a number of suspects were arrested for vote buying in the zone,” Wetkast said.
In Lagos, Zonal Head, EFCC, Mohammed Rabo called on anti-corruption stakeholders to continue to support the Commission to break the chain of corruption in the country.
“We have been charged to come together and be united against corruption. The message for this year is well themed and timed. We must all have zero tolerance to corruption.
Our individual and collective resolve to foster attitudinal change, shun the alluring temptation of acquiring illicit wealth and embrace values that can promote the culture of accountability and transparency at all levels remain a major panacea to the menace of corruption in our society.”
“We cannot feign ignorance of the fact that our paths to glory are strewn with thorns occasioned by the undisciplined elements among us. But we owe the coming generations the responsibility to weed out the corrupt in our midst,” Rabo said.
In Port Harcourt, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Zonal Head, tasked transport operators across the country to steer clear of corrupt practices in their business dealings.