The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, today charged members of the new board of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make the rule of law and due process their guiding principle in the discharge of their functions.
Adoke who gave this charge while inaugurating the board of the commission at his office, also admonished the chairman of the anti graft agency, Ibrahim Lamorde, to bring his wealth of experience and expertise to bear and uphold the virtues of integrity, commitment and dedication which are essential tools for success.
Adoke bemoaned the unbaiting incidence of economic and financial crimes in the country and noted that the board was inaugurated to ensure that the agency discharges its mandate effectively and in line with Nigeria’s obligations under the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, UNTOC.
“There is no doubt that Nigerians have long come to the realization that high prevalence of economic and financial crimes are antithetical to our development objectives as a nation. Government has therefore enacted appropriate legislation and approved policies and programmes designed to tackle the menace of economic and financial crimes in the country,” the minister said.
Lamorde, who also serves as chairman of the new board, thanked the government for the opportunity to serve and assured that the board will not disappoint the nation.
“We will try to discharge our responsibility to the best of our knowledge. To whom much is given, much is expected,” he said.
Members of the newly inaugurated board are Emmanuel AdegboyegaAremo, the secretary to the commission; EmmanuelIbitolu, Uwasomba Udochukwu, Ismaila Mohammed Dukku and Michael Ebong.