EFCC creates major plod ahead of 2019; asks banks for list of corrupt customers
The main headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, June 1, are focused on the directive from the Economic and Financial Commission to banks, ahead of 2019; and the recent signing into law of the Not Too Young To Run bill by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Punch reports that ahead of the 2019 general elections, banks have been asked to provide a list of unscrupulous customers, by the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Wilson Uwajuren, spokesman for the anti-graft agency, released a statement quoting Magu as making the comment during an interactive session with the Association of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in Nigeria on Tuesday, May 29 in Lagos.
According to Magu, this would help reduce the level of corruption in the country. He added that many banks were already on the verge of collapse due to the activities of unscrupulous individuals.
The EFCC boss further charged the compliance officers to assist the Commission in carrying out its duties, by providing necessary information at all times.
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This Day is focused on the Not Too Young to Run bill which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 31 in Abuja.
The president, being mindful of the large population of youths in the country, however, jokingly asked them to defer their ambitions until after the 2019 elections.
He stated: “But please, can I ask you to postpone your campaigns till after the 2019 elections,” eliciting laughter from the audience.
Buhari also charged the youths to utilise the opportunity provided by the new law to leave their mark on the political space.
The Guardian is also honing in on the president’s comments to the youths who were gathered to witness the signing of the Not Too Young To Run bill into law.
The publication also reports that while surrounded by selected youths from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Buhari told them to postpone your campaigns till after the 2019 elections.
He added: “It may be tempting for you to think of this as the end of the journey. However, it is only the beginning; there is still a lot of work ahead towards ensuring that young people take full advantage of the opportunities provided, not only by this constitutional amendment but also through Nigeria’s boundless prospects.
“You should inculcate the spirit of self-help. Those who complete their training should not just sit down and wait for the government or private sector to employ them. You should be innovative and turn your hands to any legitimate work that will enable you to sustain yourself.”
The Not Too Young To Run bill reduces the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.