NLC urges EFCC not to succumb to threats of intimidation

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) not to succumb to any threat of intimidation.

NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, in a statement he signed yesterday in Abuja, condemned the attack by gunmen on the Area 7 office of the anti-graft agency, which houses key investigation units of the Commission.

He said: “The attack represents the audacity of corruption and the shifting of the battle ground from the court room to the streets and should be condemned by all those who love this country.

“The attack, clearly, was intended to deter and compel operatives of the Commission from carrying to a logical conclusion their ongoing investigations and prosecutions.

“In light of an earlier attack, during which an operative sustained injury, this cannot be a lone incident. Indeed, we see it as the new phase of corruption fighting back.

“While we are not insensitive to the manifest danger in this new phase of corruption fighting back, we urge the Commission and its operatives not to succumb to these desperate tactics or intimidation.

“We have no doubt that the resort to violence shows that they have come to their wit’s end.”

Wabba urged the Commission and other related agencies to do everything necessary to secure their premises and personnel, stressing the need for technical support that would build their forensic capacities without which good cases are lost or drag on indefinitely, thus exposing their personnel.

“We also find it necessary to call on the government to give the Commission the requisite support, including the setting up of dedicated courts for speedy disposal of corruption cases,” he added.



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