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The Bishop of Anglican Communion Diocese of Makurdi, Rt. Rev. Dr. Nathan Inyom and the EFCC Zonal Commander, Makurdi Zonal Command ,ACE 1 Friday Ebelo, during a courtesy visit to the commission by the cleric

Anti-graft: Anglican bishop seeks collaboration with EFCC

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By Isaac Aregbesola

The Anglican Communion Diocese of Makurdi has expressed its willingness to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in fighting corruption in the Church and the nation.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

Uwujaren stated that the Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Nathan Inyom, made the declaration when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Commission.

The cleric expressed concern over the way and manner people employed to oversee church resources handle it.

“We are here to interact with you, seeking ways of collaboration in terms of trying to understand the working of the Commission better.

“And, how it can relate with the Church, especially in terms of handling issues of sharp practices that result in malpractices and misappropriation.

“One of my greatest frustrations in ministry, as a minister of God, is that those whom we employ to assist us in overseeing resources end up defrauding the Church.

“And carting away huge sums of money meant for development of the Church,” cleric said.

The Bishop of Anglican Communion Diocese of Makurdi, Rt. Rev. Dr. Nathan Inyom and other when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the EFCC Zonal Commander, Makurdi Zonal Command ,ACE 1 Friday Ebelo

He added that Anglicans held utmost respect for the pivotal role the Commission had been playing in safeguarding the financial integrity of the nation.

“Your dedication to upholding the rule of law and combating economic and financial offences is truly commendable and has a positive impact on our society,” he said.

The cleric further urged the Commission to intensify public enlightenment on the menace of economic and financial crimes to discourage would-be offenders.

According to him, the church itself is grappling with the menace of corruption within its fold.

In his response, the Zonal Commander, ACE 1 Friday Ebelo, thanked the Bishop for the visit.

He sought the counsel and prayers of the clergy to enable the country to win the war against the scourge of corruption, economic and financial crimes.

He noted the strategic position of the Church as the moral conscience of the society and called on its leaders to speak to their leaders to do the right things.

The Zonal Commander reiterated the commitment of the Commission to public enlightenment.

According to him, Currently, EFCC has sensitisation programmes for schools and an inter-faith programme designed to bring churches and mosques into the public enlightenment orbit of the Commission.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

IAA/ADA

Edited by Deji Abdulwahab

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