Buhari To EFCC: Avoid Being Used For Partisan Politics


President Muhammadu Buhari has advised leaders and all operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to avoid being used for partisan politics or getting dragged into personal disputes.

The president gave the advice on Friday while speaking at the unveiling of the EFCC Standard Operating Procedures, Policies and Manuals, at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari, who also cautioned them to resist the temptation of being influenced by political actors for personal gains or to score political points, implored those working in the commission to focus on serving the nation to entrench good governance.

The president commended the performance of the leadership of the EFCC in securing 2,220 convictions within one year and recovering over N152 billion and $385 million.

He expressed gladness that the war against corruption was being strengthened through the institutionalization of operational procedures as they formed the building blocks of transparency and accountability in administration and public expenditure.

President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, also lauded the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, for efforts to further institutionalize the commission by developing 26 Standard Operating Procedures and 25 Policies and Manuals for the departments, units and staff of the commission.

The president encouraged other Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, especially law enforcement agencies to also ensure the standardization of their processes within the extant laws and regulations as provided in our statutes.

In his remarks, the Chairman of EFCC said the institution was undergoing various phases of reforms to reposition it for the task of fighting financial crimes in the country, with the production of policies and manuals.

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