The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde has charged the media to improve the current narrative on the Commission by paying attention to all cases being investigated or prosecuted by the EFCC.
Lamorde who spoke at the opening of a one day workshop on Effective Reporting of Financial Crimes for journalists drawn from the five south eastern states at Golden Villa Hotels and suites, Enugu, described as erroneous, the perception by a section of the media that the Commission was maintaining a low profile.
He implored the media not to be selective in their choice of cases to report. “The current situation where media interest in corruption cases fizzles after arraignment is unhealthy. You must be prepared to track the trial of corruption cases as that will not only help in putting such matters in public consciousness, it will also be a disincentive for compromise by errant judicial officers.
“As I speak, the Commission is investigating a case of fraud in an old generation bank in Port Harcourt, where a customer, working with his wife who is a banker with a new generation bank, defrauded the bank of N855million. The suspect, one Uchenna Ogbonnaya Dike cashed in on system glitches to perpetrate the scam over a period of five months, by transferring funds from the bank into accounts in the new generation bank. Other accomplices in the scam are currently on the run. But the Commission will get them as we are determined to check all incidences of fraud in the banking sector”, he said.
The EFCC boss, who was represented by Mr. Osita Nwajah, Deputy Director, Public Affairs further disclosed that the Commission had recovered over N5billion in the oil subsidy fraud case and property worth a billion naira in the pension fraud matter.
He commended the media for their support over the past 11 years and urged them not to relent but to be aggressive whistle blowers in the delicate assignment of ridding our nation of the corruption malaise.