- The EFCC said its potential whistleblowers have to first be under oath before filing petition
- The commission said it found it important to initiate the new policy to check needless allegations by some whistleblowers
- The anti-corruption agency says it will not hesitate to prosecute any person who gives false information
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged its prospective whistleblower to sign an undertaking, including taking an oath, before filing an allegation of corruption, to check unfolding abuse of the policy.
The Nation reports that zonal head, Kano office, Garba Dugum, made this known at a training workshop on budget tracking and project monitoring for civil society organisations in Northern Nigeria.
Dugum who was represented by the head, economic governance, Kano office, Sani Mohammed, said the commission has found it important to initiate the new policy to check needless allegations by some whistleblowers.
He said: “Talking about the success of the whistleblower policy in Kano, I am sure you are aware the case of former Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, emanated from Kano. Though the case is still in Kano. If you convert the monies involved, you are talking of billions of naira.
“That was why EFCC introduced oath-taking by whistleblowers, to ensure that the information given is correct. The commission will not hesitate to prosecute any person who gives false information, simply because you want to settle scores with another person.”
He said EFCC’s doors were open for intelligence, and commended the efforts of the CSOs in raising critical cases of corruption and exposing ills in the society.
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Professor Mohammad Fagge of Bayero University Kano (BUK) charged the CSOs on independence and self funding in carrying out their activities.
The professor of political science noted that relying on activities of CSOs to government or individuals’ sponsorship would reduce their credibility and objectivity.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nasiru Ali, a photographer also known as Kozzographa, was demanding N100 million from the EFCC for “wrongful arrest” and “libellous publication.”
On Friday, May 17, Ali was arrested in the early hours of the day after EFCC operatives raided his home in Abuja.
The photographer was reportedly asleep when officials of the anti-graft agency stormed his house. His picture and name alongside nine other people was published on Monday, May 20 on EFCC's social media pages.
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