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EFCC vows comprehensive anti-corruption campaign, targets ‘mega thieves’

Chairman Ola Olukoyede reiterates commitment to prosecuting all forms of economic and financial crimes, warns against cyberfraud at youth-focused event in Abuja

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In a resolute pledge to wage an uncompromising battle against corruption, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has vowed to pursue a wide-ranging and thorough anti-graft campaign, sparing no individual implicated in economic malfeasance.

Olukoyede’s declaration comes in the wake of the recent arraignment of two former governors, underscoring the EFCC’s unwavering stance on holding all accountable for their actions.

Addressing attendees at an anti-corruption concert in Abuja, aimed at raising awareness about cybercrimes, Olukoyede emphasized the EFCC’s commitment to an inclusive and comprehensive approach to combatting corrupt practices.

“We will not spare anyone. We will not spare the mega thieves. As we are doing the mega, we will also do those at the lower end,” Olukoyede asserted, highlighting the agency’s resolve to tackle corruption across all levels of society.

Refuting claims of a singular focus on cybercrime, Olukoyede underscored the EFCC’s broad mandate encompassing all forms of economic and financial crimes, emphasizing recent actions taken against former governors as evidence of this commitment.

In a cautionary address to youths, Olukoyede emphasized the dire consequences of engaging in cybercrimes, urging them to prioritize their futures over short-term gains from illicit activities.

Furthermore, Olukoyede revealed plans for the establishment of a Cybercrime Research Centre at the EFCC Academy, aimed at engaging youths in meaningful research endeavors to combat cyberfraud.

Amidst calls for collective action against corruption, Ayodele Olawande, Minister of State for Youth Development, echoed Olukoyede’s sentiments, rallying Nigerian youth to support the EFCC’s crusade against economic crimes and corruption.

“Nigeria is supposed to have progressed more than this. We will not allow corrupt people to destroy our future,” Olawande asserted, emphasizing the pivotal role of Nigerian youth in reshaping the nation’s narrative and fostering a culture of integrity and accountability.

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