Tinubu not interfering in EFCC’s operations – Olukoyede


The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has declared that President Bola Tinubu is not interfering in the operations of the Commission.

According to a statement made available to journalists on Saturday, Mr Olukoyede stated this in Ile-Ife, during a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi .

The EFCC executive chairman, said President Tinubu has greatly shown immense political will in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

“Since I was appointed the Chairman of the EFCC, the President has never called me to stop, impose, dictate or prescribe any directive as regards the affairs or activities of the Commission”, he said 

Mr Olukoyede added, “Rather the anti-graft agency has so far enjoyed adequate support needed from the Federal Government towards achieving the mandate of the Commission.

“ I can assure Nigerians that the EFCC will stop at nothing to curb if not eradicate corruption in the country and hold political office holders accountable for their activities regarding the management of the resources that are meant to better the lives of Nigerians”.

The EFCC executive chairman emphasised  that President Tinubu has continued to support him immensely in the way and manner needed for the Commission to achieve its mandate despite all unhealthy complaints and criticisms coming from some elites and political office holders in the country.

Expressing his gratitude to Ooni Ogunwusi for the support and royal blessings coming from him so far in the fight against corruption, Mr Olukoyede assured that “the EFCC will fight head-on those entrusted with our common wealth for robust economic growth but using  them for their personal gains”.

Speaking further, he noted that EFCC under his leadership has adopted new dynamic measures in looking into the roots of corruption by creating a new department called “Fraud Risk Assessment and Control” saddled with the responsibility of working through the budgetary allocations in all ministries, departments and agencies of Nigerian Government  to demand and ensure accountability on how our common wealth is being utilized.

“Few months after I assumed office, I created a new department that will ensure that all public office holders are strictly held accountable for the resources entrusted in their hands by Nigerians which are meant for the effective growth of our economy.

“Let me state this clearly that all what I do in the course of discharging my duties as a public servant is not to witch-hunt anybody and not for any personal reasons but to ensure that the grand strategic plans of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards a better Nigeria is achieved”, he said.

Ooni Ogunwusi while receiving the EFCC executive chairman thanked President Tinubu on behalf of  the EFCC for non-interference in the activities and duties of the Commission.  

The Ooni said, “This shows that truly, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu stands  to achieve a corrupt- free nation and we all must support him by contributing our quotas”.