We will not relent in our fight against corruption — Olukoyede

We will not relent in our fight against corruption — Olukoyede

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, on Monday, July 8, 2024, reiterated the Commission’s determination to intensify the fight against economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption without hindrance.

He made the statement in Abuja while addressing representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who were at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on a solidarity visit. According to him, the fight against corruption was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the anti-corruption field, promising that the EFCC would not relent in its efforts even as he appealed to Nigerian students to join the Commission in the fight.

“It is a collective responsibility to fight corruption in Nigeria, the EFCC will not relent, I promise you that whatever it takes us to fight this fight, we will fight it. As Nigerian students, you have a future and it is our responsibility to protect you to ensure that you succeed in your education system, that you are successful and that you get a good job,” he said.

Olukoyede insisted that leaders at all levels of government should be accountable to the people, stressing that every opportunity to serve Nigerians should be seen as a privilege with the desire to deliver maximum benefits to the people.

“There is nothing personal in it, what we are saying is that we must be able to hold people accountable, if you have spent eight years, four years, even if it is only one year, by the time you come out, the position you hold is a position of trust on behalf of all Nigerians – so what we are simply saying is that when you are done, come, we want you to explain how you have spent our common wealth while you are in power,” he said.

He urged the youths to join EFCC and be foot soldiers of the Commission, as well as spread the message of EFCC and support the good cause and leadership of EFCC across the thirty-six states of the federation. He thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the establishment of the student loan scheme, adding that it will help students secure a better future. He assured the students that EFCC would work hand in hand with the makers of the scheme to ensure that its objective is achieved.

Olukoyede also reacted to the threat by a mysterious group to invade the Commission’s offices across the country under the pretext of drawing attention to some operations of the EFCC. “I know they are sponsored by the people we are investigating,” he said. He assured that there will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption. “Some of you have asked questions about one or two people we are investigating. Don’t worry, everybody will get their day in court, I promise you,” he said.

He dismissed insinuations about the recent EFCC operations in Akure and Lagos, explaining that out of the 127 suspects arrested in Akure, 113 have been charged and 80 have already been arraigned. In the Lagos operations, he disclosed that over 100 suspects arrested were charged for involvement in internet fraud. He called on the students to be reformists and desist from anti-social tendencies.

One of the student leaders, the Senate President of NANS, Senator Akinteye Babatunde, said NANS came to demonstrate support for the EFCC in its crusade against all forms of corruption.

“We fully support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its relentless efforts in the fight against corruption. This is not the result of our own personal ambition, but the desire to have a strong state and uphold the core values ​​of integrity and honesty,” he said.