EFCC boss urges media to shun celebration of corrupt citizens

EFCC boss urges media to shun celebration of corrupt citizens

By Monday Ijeh, Abuja.


The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdurasheed Bawa, on Wednesday called on media practitioners to eschew the celebration of corrupt citizens in the country through their various platforms.


He made the call in Abuja at a workshop on Economic and Financial Crime Reporting, organised by the EFCC for journalists covering its activities.


Bawa said: “I want to use this opportunity to further urge media practitioners to put the interest of our country at heart, particularly as it relates to a conscientious effort not to celebrate the corrupt in our midst.


“I urge you to expose them on the pages of your newspapers, screens of television or on your various online platforms.


“The war against corruption is a worthy fight for the soul of Nigeria and for the future generation; it should not be left to the EFCC alone.”


Bawa said that the decision of the commission to sponsor the workshop underscored the importance it attached to the role of the media in the fight against economic and financial crimes.


“Without doubt, the media’s ability to inform and sensitise the people to the ills of corruption and economic crime is crucial for us,” he added.


He said that the media had given the EFCC visibility and made it a reference point in effective law enforcement in Nigeria.


Bawa said that the workshop was one of the interventions by the commission to improve the capacity of the media to deliver on its constitutional mandate.


“Nevertheless, there are issues in the media profiling of the commission that are less than desirable.


“The notion, for instance, that the commission is draconian in its approach to fighting cybercrime is, perhaps, borne out of poor understanding of its modus operandi.


“But I am convinced that at the end of this workshop, we will all be better educated on the processes and procedures of the EFCC,” he added.


The EFCC boss also urged media practitioners to be mindful of their reportage, as it served as a mirror that shaped global perception of the commission and the nation at large.


Bawa said that the commission had recorded 2, 210 convictions between January and August 2022, as against the 2,220 convictions recorded in the whole of 2021.


“One achievement you may not easily recognise is the impact the EFCC’s intervention made in the Forex market on the value of the Naira.


“The commission’s intervention led to a significant appreciation of the naira from well over N710 to the dollar in the parallel market, and we are not relenting in our efforts to check harmful speculative activities in the sector.


“I urge you to also beam your searchlights on this area, as it is in our collective interest to have a national currency whose value is not subject to the whims of crooked speculators,” he said.

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