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Monday, 6 February 2017

ANTI-GRAFT WAR: NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION LAUDS EFCC’S OPERATIONAL METHODS

The Zonal Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Enugu, Uche Nwokocha has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal office for its professional and logical method in the handling of its cases especially as it bothers on human rights.

Nwokocha made the commendation while delivering a remark during her organisation’s courtesy call to the EFCC South East Zonal Head, Mr. Johnson Babalola at his office in Independence Layout,Enugu.
“ We have never had any course to entertain nor accuse EFCC of abusing any person’s human right in the course of your operations and we wish this continues.” She stated.

The NHRC’s boss said they were in the Commission to welcome the new EFCC zonal head stressing that she believes the existing working relationship between the two organizations would be strengthened.

“ Yes, we believe you have the constitutional right to detain people owing to the nature of your work,but we urge you to continue doing so with recourse to natural justice,fundamental human rights and fair hearing.”

In his reaction, Babalola who expressed his excitement on the visit,said it underscores the fact that organisational synergy is needed to tackle the cankerworm called corruption in the country.

“ It is very obvious that our task at the EFCC is so onerous that we cannot tackle it alone ,so we need the support and efforts of organisations such as yours.”

He said the Human Rights Charter has been one of the anti-grafts’ guiding light as it always points out ways the fight should be conducted within the ambit of the law.

“ You have kept us on our toes by constantly reminding us of what to do and how to do it according to the rule of engagement and this is good because every system that does not have checks and balances would implode.” Babalola stressed.

He denounced certain media reports purportedly accusing the Commission of abuses in the discharge of its duties saying his visitors should not believe such as it is a clear indication of d ‘corruption fighting back’ .

On some ponzi cases reported and being handled by the Commission, the EFCC zonal boss said some of the accused persons have had their properties seized with one already charged to court while investigation is still ongoing.

He reiterated his call for victims to volunteer information to EFCC to help in its investigation while urging them to desist from voluntarily handing over their hard earned money to fraudsters.

Accompanying the zonal NHRC boss during the visit were Mr. Alphaeus Ngwu, Ezeigwe Ngozi, Nwaokoye Obinna, all assistant directors in the Commission and the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Eze Nwangwu.

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