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Emir of Ilorin admonishes anti-graft agency to continue fight against criminality

Emir of Ilorin admonishes anti-graft agency to continue fight against criminality

The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has admonished the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to continue to discharge its responsibilities in fighting crimes, and ensure corruption is reduced to the barest minimum, if not totally eradicated.

The Emir, who made the call in Ilorin while playing host to the Ilorin Zonal Director of the EFCC, Harry Erin, who led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Emir in his palace, commended the agency’s service to humanity.

The first class monarch, who described the work of the EFCC as “very important for nation building,” noted that the Commission deserved the support of all patriotic Nigerians for the country to redeem its image before the international community.

A statement by Dele Oyewale, head, Media & Publicity for the agency, quoted the Emir, saying, “The rate at which corruption has permeated the Nigeria system is alarming. People don’t need to go to school to be taught how to commit economic and financial crimes.

“Yet, you find Nigerians especially the young ones getting involved in technically high crimes. It is bad to the extent that rich people in Nigeria today are often seen to be corrupt. This is not good for our image. We owe our nation the sacred duty of making this country free of corruption and crimes.”

While acknowledging the challenges involved in the anti-corruption fight, Emir expressed optimism that the Ilorin Zonal Command under the leadership of Erin has all it takes to succeed in crime fighting, describing him as “eminently qualified for the job.”

Earlier, Harry Erin, who described his visit to the palace as “homecoming,” commended the Emir and the entire traditional institution in the state for the support the Command had received from them in the past six years of its creation.

“Your Highness, we are here today to appreciate you for the support the Commission has received from you in the discharge of our responsibilities. We like to further seek the support of the Ilorin Emirate in ensuring that the anti-corruption message is relayed down to the grassroots. A corruption-free society will foster peace, unity, and security for all citizens,” he said.

The Zonal Director also took time to speak on the mandate of the EFCC, pointing out that “the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC has made a lot of achievements in fighting economic and financial crimes – such as money laundering, embezzlement, illegal mining, cybercrime among others as criminals are now relocating from Kwara because it is no longer business as usual.”

While urging the royal father and his subjects to always report any case of fraudulent activity that may arise in their domain to the Commission for investigation, he noted that “our royal fathers have a crucial role to play by using your good offices to champion the crusade against corruption among your subjects.”