The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulkarim Chukkol, has issued a stern warning against any staff members leaking confidential information.
He emphasized that all employees take an oath of secrecy upon joining the organization and stressed that severe action would be taken against anyone found responsible for such leaks, leading to their dismissal.
Chukkol made these remarks during the passing-out ceremony of the EFCC Detective Superintendent Course 9 at the EFCC Academy in Karu, Abuja. He disclosed that a total of 318 cadets had successfully completed the course and would be officially integrated into the commission.
The move to absorb these new cadets into the EFCC was taken to bolster the organization’s manpower, enabling them to effectively combat the escalating levels of corruption in the country and bring it to a complete halt.
He said, “Today, we are witnessing the passing-out of a crop of cadets who 12 months ago, were carefully selected out of thousands of applicants.
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“You have all been sworn to the oaths of allegiance and secrecy to be loyal to the nation and the EFCC as well as treat in strict confidence any information that comes to your knowledge in the course of carrying out your duty.
“Any act of corruption, disloyalty, disobedience to constituted authority, and insubordination will be decisively dealt with and the defaulters are shown the exit door.”
Chukkol expressed his disappointment over the escalating prevalence of corruption in both public and private sectors. He emphasized that the commission’s agents would vehemently combat this issue through rigorous enforcement.
Chukkol stated, “As you are aware, the EFCC is at the forefront of the battle against these nefarious deeds orchestrated by unscrupulous individuals whose sole objective is amassing unlawful wealth, disregarding the well-being of the general public and tarnishing the reputation of our beloved nation.”
“Trends in economic and financial crimes keep evolving and the EFCC must continue to put up a fierce battle against them by prevention through sensitization and enforcement to serve as deterrence.”
In a similar vein, George Ekpungu, the Secretary to the Commission, emphasized the importance of upholding the utmost integrity, honesty, and displaying commendable decorum wherever the graduands may be.
“We are EFCC, we uphold integrity, honesty, and the highest standards. What you are witnessing today, a lot of people sacrificed so many things. You must above all, operate in integrity. I am saying this today because I am the Chairman of the Appointment, Promotion, and Discipline Committee.
“If you do compromise your office, you will be sent back home to your parents. So parents caution your children on illegalities and avoid putting them under unnecessary pressure,” he said.
Previously, Ayo Olowoniyi, the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, urged the cadets to let the truth be their guiding principle wherever their paths may lead them.
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