ABUJA - Despite constraints in fighting corruption in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] said yesterday that it will remain focused and not be deterred by criticisms.
Chairman of the Commission, Farida Waziri told newsmen when she appeared before the Nasir Rabi-led House Comittee on Narcotics and Financial Crimes that the commission would not stray from its quest to rid the country of corrupt practices.
“We are on course, we are focused and will not be deterred” she said.
She said the pursuit of its mandate of zero tolerance for financial crimes in the country was total and unequivocal.
The efcc boss also raised fresh alarm on looting sprees by public officers as she alleged that some Nigerians had cashed in on the global financial crunch and had been jetting abroad day and night to acquire properties with money looted from the country.
She said at an interactive session with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes that the commission would instead remain focused and committed to the discharge of its responsibility.
“We are not deterred by criticisms. We remain focused. My commitment is to the country and the commission. I cannot be deterred by any sentiments whatsoever,” she vowed.
There are criticisms that the commission has lost the steam that characterized its activities under its pioneer boss, Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu, but Farida said her approach was totally different as she was more interested in nipping financial crimes in the bud rather than wait to chase after looters who may be elusive for obvious reasons.