The Foundation for Civilian Peace in Niger Delta, FCPND, has commended Nigeria’s anit-graft agency, EFCC for its relentless fight against Economic and Financial Crimes.
The commendation was given when the officials of the group paid a Courtesy visit to the Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Commander of the Group, Joseph Ijede said that it was heart-warming that the EFCC had become the dread and terror of criminal elements across the country saying that “the fear of the commission is the beginning of wisdom for the criminal gangs in our midst.”
Ijede appreciated the consistent successes of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the EFCC in giving illegal oil bunkerers a run.
According to him, the menaces of oil theft and illegal dealing in petroleum products have brought stagnation and under-development to the Niger Delta region and the EFCC has been actively working to reverse the untoward circumstance.
“I, therefore, commend men and women of the EFCC Port Harcourt Zone for its innovation and diligence under the leadership of the Acting Executive Chairman, Ibrahim Magu in the fight against corruption and to see that the country is free from crime,” Ijede said.
He expressed willingness of his group to work with the EFCC in restoring normalcy and development to the Niger Delta region.
“We are here today to formalise and strengthen our cooperation in reducing to the barest minimum oil theft; oil bunkering; pipeline/oil facility vandalism; cybercrime, money laundering and economic sabotage,” he said.
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa thanked the Group for seeking partnership with the EFCC in the fight against corruption and making sure that the country is free from crime and criminality.
According to him, the establishment of the Zonal Office within the Niger Delta Region is to bring the Commission closer to the people and also bolster the fight against economic and financial crimes, most importantly, Illegal oil bunkering and oil theft
“We have been working tirelessly with other stakeholders. I’m here in the Niger Delta to see that those that are perpetrating criminality face justice and justice is well served,” he said.
Mr Bawa assured the Foundation for Civilian Peace in Niger Delta that the EFCC was ready and would continue to synergise to ensure that the issue of Illegal oil bunkering/theft was tackled.
“The EFCC will carry you along, we are going to partner/synergise with you and relate to the appropriate authority that there is a Foundation like yours that is working,” he said.
Whistle Blowing Policy
In another vein, the Zonal head encouraged the group to tell its members to take advantage of the Whistle Blowing Policy of the government.
“The Whistle Blowing policy is still on for Nigerians who want to blow the Whistle,” he stressed.
Mr Bawa used the occasion to thank all stakeholders, the Nigerian Army/ Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) who are supporting the EFCC in the fight against oil bunkering/theft within the Niger Delta.
“We have achieved a lot and we thank all stakeholders. We have succeeded in prosecuting over 100 cases of oil theft in the EFCC Port Harcourt Zonal Office,” he added.