Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu was on Tuesday decorated as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s anti-corruption ambassador.
Senator Ekweremadu was decorated in his office by an EFCC team led by the National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari who appealed to the National Assembly to ensure adequate funding for the agency and advocated speedy passage of all the anti-corruption bills before it.
Bakari decorated Senator Ekweremadu as an Anti-Corruption Ambassador on behalf of the EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, its entire management and staff, as a token of their appreciation to his person and office, and as a symbol of institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly.
Ekweremadu while receiving the honor said that there was urgent need for the establishment of Special Anti- Corruption Courts for the anti-corruption war to be achieved in all its ramifications.
Setting up Special Courts, according to Ekweremadu, was one of the surest ways to help in the fight against corruption, as that would also help ensure speedy adjudication of corruption cases.
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The Deputy Senate President thanked the EFCC for the honor and assured the commission he would live up to the trust reposed in him, adding that the National Assembly would do everything within its powers to ensure that the Bills before it, aimed at strengthening the fight against corruption, got speedy attention.
He also cautioned the EFCC to ensure that in fighting corruption, it must respect the rule of law and ensure that the provisions of the constitution regarding fair hearing and treatment of an accused are also respected.
On developing stories however, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied decorating Ike Ekweremadu, as its anti-corruption ambassador by the commission’s National Assembly liaison officer, saying it was of no consequence as the officer acted on his own.
The EFCC totally dissociated itself from the purported action of Sulaiman Bakari as he acted entirely on his own. The commission says Bakari clearly acted outside his brief as a liaison officer as the management of the Commission, and it had at no time mandated him to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as Anti- Corruption Ambassador.