No Hiding Place for the Corrupt: EFCC and ICPC Join Forces in Anti-Corruption Push

A new era of cooperation has dawned in Nigeria's fight against corruption as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) pledge to work hand-in-hand. This powerful alliance, fueled by the unwavering political will of President Bola Tinubu, aims to create a zero-tolerance environment for anyone indulging in illicit activities.

During a courtesy visit by ICPC Chairman Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu to the EFCC headquarters, both agency heads made their intentions clear. EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede declared, "There is no hiding place for the corrupt. We must give our best, we must be committed, and give the President the right support he needs. Nobody is too big to be investigated in this country."

This renewed commitment is bolstered by President Tinubu's strong stance against corruption. Olukoyede hailed the President's leadership, stating, "We believe that with the kind of President we have, who is ready and willing to do the right thing... he has provided the political will and leadership and created the atmosphere for us to work."

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Furthermore, the two agencies acknowledged the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and emphasized their intention to enhance its effectiveness. Olukoyede stated, "Today, the MoU is in place. It is going to be a living document that we can review from time to time to accommodate mutual interest."

Both chairmen recognized the vastness of the task at hand, pointing out the limitations posed by the combined staff strength of their agencies. Olukoyede noted, "One anti-corruption agency in the US has a staff strength of about thirty-five thousand. I am not sure the staff strength of the EFCC and the ICPC put together will be up to seven thousand."

Instead of viewing their mandates as overlapping, they emphasized the strategic advantage of collaboration. Olukoyede stated, "I see it from the perspective of the enormity of the work on our hands. When you are limited by staff strength and resources and there is still so much to be done, it becomes important to work together and see if we can move the country forward."

This commitment to a unified front was echoed by Dr. Aliyu, who stated, "I am aware that there is a MoU between the ICPC and the EFCC. Continuing, he maintained that ‘ICPC is very much ready to collaborate and partner with the EFCC. We thank God that there is a good working relationship and I hope that we are going to sustain this relationship. I also hope we will be meeting on a regular basis to review what we are doing together to see how we can strengthen our relationship."

With renewed energy and a combined force, the EFCC and ICPC have sent a clear message: the days of impunity for the corrupt are numbered. This powerful alliance, empowered by political will and a spirit of cooperation, represents a significant step towards a cleaner and more prosperous Nigeria.

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By Bliss Anthony

No Hiding Place for the Corrupt: EFCC and ICPC Join Forces in Anti-Corruption Push No Hiding Place for the Corrupt: EFCC and ICPC Join Forces in Anti-Corruption Push Reviewed by Ultimate Hypermediass on 1/09/2024 09:00:00 am Rating: 5

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