We receive 80 per cent petitions from CSOs — EFCC boss

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it receive that 80 per cent of petitions from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), amid growing concern of partisan interest by some CSOs.

Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the Commission made said this at an interactive meeting with key leaders of CSOs at its Corporate headquarters on Monday in Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He advised CSOs, across the federation to be more resolute and committed to the fight against economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption.

He appealed to CSOs to join the EFCC in achieving its mandate of ridding the Country of economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption and reminded the CSOs of their obligation and duties to the nation and the need to be responsive to the need for accountability and support for anti-corruption initiatives.

The EFCC boss said, “I look at the petitions that are coming to us, eighty percent of them are from the civil society, so assuming we don’t have a serious civil society in Nigeria, you could imagine what would have happened to us in this Country”.

He emphasized that the leadership of the EFCC is hinged on a three-pronged agenda, which are, proper focus and definition of the basis of anti-corruption fight, professionalism of the work force and strict adherence to the rule of law.

Responding, Auwal musa Rafsanjani, the Coordinator, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy, CISLAC, advised CSOs in the habit of joining any fraudulent politician or system to desist.

He said, “Any Civil Society that is supporting any fraudulent politician or any fraudulent system, I don’t think that is a civil society. Therefore we will always support you, we will always encourage you to do the right thing and whenever we have any credible information, we will pass it across to you”.

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