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Under the tenure of the new EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is young and vibrant, it appears that EFCC is taking the fight against corruption to another new level going by the set of people that the commission wants to face next. Bawa revealed the key people that EFCC will face next after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday.
From the look of things, Bawa must have received the full backing of President Buhari to go on with the plan after their meeting. That explains why Bawa told newsmen that the EFCC will kickstart the move in the next three months and ensure that the agency gets the people involved to comply with the decision as moves to crack down on those involved in any acts of corruption get more serious.
The key people EFCC will face next
The EFCC will face bankers in Nigeria due to the nature of the key roles they play in the financial sector of the country. According to Bawa, bankers will be made to declare their assets first as part of the moves to ensure that they are not complicit in any acts of corruption. Bawa even set a date when bankers will be mandated to declare their assets and the date is June 1, 2021.
Bawa further disclosed that the decision becomes necessary because criminals may be using any agents to carry out their corrupt acts and the vital roles of bankers in the financial sector are very key as some of them may be helping these people in one way or the other. Moreover, the criminal elements will want to have access to the proceeds of their crimes afterwards.
Why the move by EFCC is very important
Getting bankers to declare their assets will be a way of tracking what truly belongs to the bankers and it will make it difficult for bankers to aid the criminals or act as fronts for them. It will as well help EFCC to investigate the assets of the bankers to be sure that they did not or are not involved in any criminal deals with other criminal elements in the past or even at present. The fact is that, those bankers with massive wealth without justifying the source in line with their legitimate earnings will be seen as suspects and EFCC will do the needful.
The new decision by EFCC will unravel a lot of shady deals some corrupt bankers do for themselves and in connivance with other criminal elements. If the EFCC does due diligence in this fresh move without fear or favour, then it will expose a lot of people in the banking sector and their accomplices. It will help to make the anti-corruption fight to be effective. It will also affect many corrupt criminal elements who usually have their way thought the banks.
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