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Ex-govs’ trial shows EFCC won’t spare anyone — Chairman Boss



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Ola Olukoyede, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has pledged to lead a far-reaching anti-graft war that would not spare anyone linked with any form of economic and financial crimes.

The EFCC boss said the recent arraignment of two ex-governors demonstrated that no one will be treated as a sacred cow.

The EFCC in January arraigned Willie Obiano, an ex-governor of Anambra State, for alleged theft of the state’s security votes to the tune of N4bn while he was the governor between 2014 and 2022.

Also, the EFCC, on February 24, 2024, arraigned an ex-Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, for alleged N10bn fraud.

The EFCC Czar, who spoke on Monday at an anti-corruption concert in Abuja organized to sensitize the public against cybercrimes,  reaffirmed his commitment to a broad-based war against corrupt practices.

Dele Oyewale, the EFCC spokesman, in a statement, quoted Olukoyede as saying: “We will not spare anyone.  We will not spare the mega thieves.  As we do the mega, we will also do those at the lower end.

“In the last two months, we have arraigned two former governors.  So, it is not true that we are only focused on Internet fraudsters.

“Of course, Internet fraud is bad enough, but our focus is on every form of economic and financial crime.”

He urged Nigerian youths to avoid cybercrimes, noting that the consequences of being convicted of such crimes were grave.

He said, “Youths need to know that being ex-convicts has career limitations.  Ex-convicts can’t run for public office; the stigma alone is even terrible.

“I urge you to avoid Internet crimes by all means.  Your future is more important than any immediate gains from such crimes.”

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