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EFCC boss Olukoyede vows relentless pursuit of anti-corruption goals

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The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, reaffirmed the Commission’s unwavering commitment to combating economic and financial crimes and corruption.

Speaking in Abuja to representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) during a solidarity visit, Olukoyede emphasized that the fight against corruption requires collective effort from all stakeholders in the anti-corruption arena.

“Fighting corruption is a collective responsibility,” Olukoyede stated. “The EFCC will not relent. I promise you that whatever it costs us to fight this fight, we will fight it.

As Nigerian students, you have a future, and it is our responsibility to protect you, ensuring that you successfully complete your education and secure good jobs.”

He stressed that leaders at all levels of government must be accountable to the people, viewing every opportunity to serve as a privilege and a responsibility to provide maximum benefits to the populace.

“There is nothing personal about it. We must hold people accountable,” Olukoyede declared. “If you have served for eight years, four years, or even one year, by the time you leave office, you must explain how you spent our commonwealth. The position you hold is a position of trust on behalf of all Nigerians.”

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Olukoyede urged the youth to join the EFCC as foot soldiers in the fight against corruption, spreading the agency’s message and supporting its mission across the thirty-six states of the federation.

He expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for establishing the Student Loans Scheme, which he believes will help students secure a better future. He assured that the EFCC would collaborate with the scheme’s administrators to ensure its success.

Addressing a shadowy group threatening to invade the Commission’s offices nationwide, Olukoyede suggested that individuals under investigation sponsored these actions. “There shall be no sacred cows in the anti-corruption fight,” he asserted. “Everyone will have their day in court.”

He dismissed criticisms of recent EFCC operations in Akure and Lagos, explaining that out of 127 suspects arrested in Akure, 113 were indicted, and 80 have been charged to court.

Similarly, over 100 suspects arrested in Lagos have been indicted for internet fraud. Olukoyede urged students to be reform-minded and avoid anti-social behaviors.

NANS’s Senate President, Akinteye Babantunde, expressed support for the EFCC’s anti-corruption efforts.

“We stand in full support of the EFCC and its relentless efforts in the anti-corruption war. This is not for personal gain but out of a desire to uphold the core values of integrity and honesty in our state,” Babantunde said.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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