Determines to partner the agency
By Soni Daniel
Secretary-General of INTERPOL, Jurgen Stock, has commended the zeal and concerted efforts of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in ridding Nigeria of all forms of economic crime.
“Working with EFCC will help in building a strong network in the fight against corruption across the globe,” he said.
Stock who made the remarks during a visit to EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, yesterday, was received by acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
According to Stock, “the fight against corruption will help in the fight against terrorism as the main source of terrorism financing comes from corruption.”
Emphasizing the need for collaboration between international law enforcement agencies in the fight against corruption, he stressed that Interpol was establishing a link with the EFCC in achieving the mandate of the anti-graft agency.
On his part, Magu, who expressed delight at the visit, commended Stock for finding time out of his busy schedule as the Secretary General of Interpol, to visit the EFCC.
Magu stressed that corruption had become an organised crime in Nigeria, and it needed a concerted effort within and outside of the country, to combat it.
“EFCC and Nigerians in general are delighted with the visit by the Interpol, and this visit gives the Commission hope in partnering Interpol,” he said.
He further gave assurances that the EFCC will remain unrelenting and resolute in its fight against corruption.
“The EFCC deals in partnership with other countries in order to address the issue of terrorism financing,” he said.
He further highlighted the importance of exchange of information, stressing that it was key to winning the fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing.
“Other countries need to support EFCC in achieving our goal of ensuring the repatriation of funds stashed out of the country by corrupt people,” he said.
The delegation from the Interpol was taken on a tour of the new EFCC Head Office Complex.