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No sacred cows in our anti-corruption fight – EFCC

The EFCC Chairman, Mr Ola Olukoyede, has pledged to lead a broad-based and holistic anti-graft war that would not spare anyone linked with any form of economic and financial crimes.

Mr Dele Oyewale, EFCC spokesperson, in a statement issued on Monday, quoted Olukoyede as having said this during a concert in Abuja.

The anti-corruption concert was organised to create awareness and public involvement in the fight against internet crimes.

Olukoyede reaffirmed his commitment to an all-embracing, fully integrated war against corrupt practices.

“We will not spare anyone. We will not spare the mega thieves. As we are doing the mega, we will also do those at the lower end.

“In the last two months, we have arraigned two former governors. So, it is not true that we are only focused on internet fraudsters.

“Of course, internet fraud is bad enough but our focus is on every form of economic and financial crimes”, he said.

He cautioned youths against indulging in internet-related offences, pointing out that the consequences of being convicted for such crimes are grave.

“Youths need to know that being ex-convicts has career limitations. Ex-convicts can’t run for public office, the stigma alone is even terrible.

“I urge you to avoid internet crimes by all means. Your future is more important than any immediate gains from such crimes,” he said.

Olukoyede said EFCC under his watch was deeply interested in giving youths a glorious and sustainable future.

To this effect, he said, a Cyber Crime Research Centre was being planned at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Academy.

“The centre will involve youths in in-depth research about the issue of cybercrime. Their energies will be deployed toward profitable engagements,” he said.

Olukoyede charged the youth to embrace hard work and diligence, stressing that the path to success was hard work and dignity.

EFCC needs supports

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Ayodele Olawande, enjoined youth across the country to support the EFCC in its crusade against economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption.

“Nigeria is supposed to have progressed more than this. We will not allow corrupt people to destroy our future, that is why we need to come together and fight this evil in our society.

“That is why we need to continuously run this campaign because I am convinced that every one of us has a part to play, without you, there is little or nothing EFCC can do.

“Let’s show the world that Nigeria’s young people are determined to change the narrative,” he said. (NAN)

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