United States Pledges More Support For The EFCC
AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, MR.
JAMES ENTWISTLE (L) WITH EFCC CHAIRMAN, IBRAHIM LAMORDE DURING A COURTESY VISIT TO THE EFCC HEADQUARTERS IN ABUJA.
FEBRUARY 03, 2014 n BEVERLY HILLS, CA, February 03, (THEWILL) - The United States government will continue to support efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in tackling economic crimes and corruption in Nigeria, a statement from the commission said Monday.
The release said Mr.
James Entwistle, the new American Ambassador to Nigeria made the pledge in Abuja Monday when he paid a courtesy visit on the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.
It further added that the American envoy who observed that corruption remains a global challenge, pledge his country's continued support to the EFCC.
Even though he did not state the form the support will take, he said he was impressed with the programme of the Commission and that his country will support the EFCC 'in any way we can'.
Earlier while welcoming the envoy and his team, the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde commended the United States government for their support for the EFCC since its inception.
He said the US government remains a major international ally of the Commission in the fight against corruption and financial crimes, adding that the agency has had several joint operations with a number of US law enforcement organizations including the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service.
'We will do our utmost best not to let you down.
We know you have confidence in us; we will make sure that the confidence is not misplaced.
The US does not want us to be involved in politics and we will try to do that so that we don't get drown in politics,' he said.
The EFCC chairman said the Commission remains neutral and non-partisan in the discharge charge of its responsibilities.
'Most of the times anything that happens, whether people are at fault they blame it on someone else.
Even when there is a genuine case and you go after an individual, they will start saying that he is being haunted because he is this or that.
It is a situation that is laden with landmine now.
So we have to meander to avoid stepping on the landmine so that they don't blow us up.
It is very difficult.
We went through that in 2011.
Sometime when election is coming it becomes very difficult to do anything.
' He however assured the ambassador that the Commission will not be deterred.
'We have decided to do our jobs to the best of our ability with the dictate of our conscience knowing what is right and what is not.
' He said despite the challenges confronting the Commission, it was able to secure one hundred and seventeen (117) convictions in 2013.