By Babatope Adagba
The Civil Societies Network Against Corruption (CISNAC) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apply appropriate sanction against Suleiman Bakari, its National Assembly Liaison Officer, over his purported investiture of Senator Ike Ekeremadu, the Deputy Senate President, as ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador’.
Olarenwaju Suraju, Executive Chairman of CISNAC) who described the action of Bakari as unprofessional said that it “is capable of undermining and eroding recent achievements of the EFCC.”
Less than 24 hours after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) purportedly named Senator Ike Ekeremadu, the Deputy Senate President, as ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador’, the anti-graft agency has refuted the said decoration of the Deputy Senate President, which was carried by several online media.
A statement by Uche Anichukwu, the Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President on Tuesday, had claimed that Bakari had decorated Ekweremadu as ‘Anti-Corruption Ambassador’ on behalf of the EFCC.
Anichukwu quoted Bakari to have said: “On behalf of my acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti- Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of the institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly”.
However, Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC said in a statement on Wednesday disassociated the anti-graft agency from the purported action of the Liaison Officer, and noted that he was not speaking for the EFCC.
“He clearly acted outside his brief as a liaison officer as the management of the Commission at no time mandated him to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as Anti- Corruption Ambassador.
“The statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti- corruption ambassadors.
“The Commission is not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals. And those enamoured of titles, knows the quarters to approach for such honours, not the EFCC. Members of the public and stakeholders in the fight against corruption are enjoined to disregard the so-called decoration,” the EFCC Spokesman said.