The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has instructed all personnel of the commission to declare their assets in adherence to civil service regulations and protocols.
According to EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on said the directive was given at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
Olukoyede stressed the importance of upholding transparency and accountability in the commission, emphasizing that all staff members, starting from level 17 downwards, are expected to comply with the asset declaration process.
The chairman highlighted the need for exemplary conduct and the establishment of a standard for ethical practices within the organization.
“All of us are going to declare our assets; from level 17, downward. I did mine, so there’s no reason for anyone to be afraid to do the same,” Olukoyede stated, according to the statement issued by the EFCC.
In his address, Olukoyede urged EFCC personnel to maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity, and impartiality in their duties, emphasizing the necessity of a rigorous approach in tackling economic and financial crimes.
He cautioned against compromising the agency’s principles and warned that severe repercussions awaited those who engaged in any unethical behavior.
“We must live above board by setting the pace with good examples. As anti-corruption fighters, our hands must be clean, so we must declare our assets,” he asserted.
Olukoyede emphasized the significance of promoting investor confidence in the nation’s economy and upholding the rule of law as a fundamental guiding principle.
He underscored the commitment to treating all individuals equally, regardless of religious beliefs, ethnicity, or regional affiliations.
“The EFCC is a creation of the law. We must do our job in line with the dictates of the law. This is a standard international practice and we would ensure that it is our established norm,” he concluded.