Ahead of 2019 general elections, Britain accelerates EFCC, INEC to be neutral
– As Nigeria continues its war against corruption, the United Kingdom has said it would continue to support the country in this regard
– UK urged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent National Electoral Commission to be neutral
– Paul Arkwright, British high commissioner, said that the EFCC’s achievement has been impressive
The United Kingdom has reiterated its support for Nigeria’s war against corruption which is being spearhead by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
This was stated by the British high commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, who commended the commission’s efforts in ridding the country of corruption, Premium Times reports.
notes that Arkwright said: “We are pleased to see how the EFCC operates, and we are assuring you of the endless support of the British government in the fight against corruption.
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“The UK and Nigeria have evolved and made progress in the fight against corruption, and the EFCC’s achievements have been impressive.
“INEC and EFCC should be there to preserve the integrity of the political process, including taking forward investigations without any prejudice on one side or the other, following the evidence and taking action where it is justified.”
The high commissioner gave assurances of the British government’s support “both in technical assistance, in investigation and of course broadening support of this great independent institution of the EFCC.”
In his response, the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said: “I assure you that there is no political interference in what we do. We will continue to work with stakeholders like INEC who we have an agreement with to ensure that there is no interference to ensure free and fair election in Nigeria and we will stop people using money to buy votes.
“We do not invite anybody here if he is not found to be involved in one offence or crime and that is why when you come here, it takes a lot of effort to be off the chain whatever case that comes to EFCC is investigated to the logical conclusion. We take the case to court who gives the final decision.”