Abia: Activist advises EFCC to apply due diligence in its operations


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been advised to fight corruption discreetly and thoroughly.


A human rights activist and author, Comrade Paul Ikechukwu Njoku made this known in a statement urging the commission to do its work in a way that would not amount to embarrassing genuine investors and business owners in Nigeria.

Njoku recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, reportedly sealed some properties in Aba and Umuahia capital cities of Abia State suspected to be proceeds of corruption from the Abia State Government.

While commending the commission he stated that such action should be done with due diligence so that the innocent would not be suffering unjustly

“My dream is to see workers and pensioners’ salaries and wages duly paid. My dream is to see the downtrodden fed and prevail with a shelter over their heads. My dream is to see the real looters diligently prosecuted and jailed.

“I have always maintained my views that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should be deeply pragmatic in her war against corruption to avoid embarrassingly sealing innocent peoples’ investments or investors businesses across the States in Nigeria.

“I am aware of the unfortunate sealing of the Trademore International Holding Limited is the company’s property sealed in different locations by the EFCC especially in Umuahia, Abia State a few days ago.

“As a concerned Nigerian and rights activist, my interactions with the management of the aforementioned company revealed that are into business investment and development across some states in Nigeria and are apolitical which I stand to be corrected.

“I also stand to be corrected if due diligence should not be enjoined in the fight against corruption and why investors who are mostly the employers of labour should be cowered into decimation or emissary of undue embarrassment.

“EFCC should know that constructive engagement and due diligence are the magic of sustainable synergy for any movement ideologically focused in a fight against corruption.”If one places pecuniary interests above ideology what do you think the interest will later come to be?

He wondered why “the commission cannot smartly do a due diligent operation and sound prosecution of the real looters with succinct media reportage and with specific names and comprehensive details instead of sealing off business ventures that provide means of livelihood to hundreds of people.”

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