We Will No Longer Shut Down Businesses During Investigation

Okechukwu Hails Olukoyede’s Appointment As New EFCC Chairman

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has said that the Commission would make conscious efforts to redeem the image of Nigeria in the global community.

Olukoyede said this on Tuesday in Lagos, while addressing officers of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC.

He explained that the commission would no longer shut down business during investigation but would follow rules that would allow businesses to thrive.

He said: “We will drive this to tell the whole world that we are ready to get out of this mess. We will do our own and pressurize other stakeholders to do theirs.

“There is a need to redirect our focus towards what we were set up to do in Nigeria, which is to drive economic development. We will tilt our focus towards that area. We will work to drive economic development, create wealth and employment.

“The era of winding down businesses by way of investigation is gone. We will look into the mix-fund rules that separate proceeds of crimes from legitimate money so as to allow businesses to grow.”

According to Olukoyede, the anti-corruption fights should be premised on initiatives and modalities capable of stimulating economic growth and development in the overall interests of Nigerians.

He also charged officers of the Commission to uphold the core values of the EFCC which include integrity, courage, professionalism and collaboration in the discharge of their duties in order to justify their engagement.

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He stressed that the anti-corruption drive must open up an atmosphere of accountability and transparency in the country.

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