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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa and Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ola Olukoyede, during a courtesy call by the EFCC Boss in Abuja

CDS tasks EFCC on tracking terrorism financiers

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By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intensify efforts at tracking financiers  of terrorism in the country.

Musa made the call when he received the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ola Olukoyede, on courtesy visit at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) ,in Abuja on Friday.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, on Friday in Abuja.

According to the CDS,  tracking of  financiers of terrorism is one of the non-kinetic means of fighting the scourge across the globe.

Musa  assured the EFCC boss that the Armed Forces would not derail from its commitment in ensuring the survival of the current democratic dispensation.

Musa commended the commission’s Chairman for his unique approach of leveraging the potential of technology to fight corruption and other forms of economic crimes.

The CDS reiterated that the military had zero tolerance for corrupt practices, adding it adopted General Court Martial (GCM) in checkmating culpable personnel.

He urged the EFCC boss to encourage public office holders and other Nigerians in positions of authority to uphold good governance towards forestalling economic breakdown and insecurity.

According to him, the Armed Forces is working in synergy with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other stakeholders to fight oil theft in the country.

 

Musa advocated the installation of CCTV cameras  in strategic points to contain cases of corruption, terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country.

Earlier, the EFCC boss said the visit was to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country.

Olukoyede said he had, on assumption of office, laid so much emphasis on the need for Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of collaboration, being  key to winning the war against corruption.

He added that the war against corruption must be won, adding that the menace had destroyed the economy and at same time dented the country’s  image.

The EFCC boss  said that cognitive responsibility had to be embraced by the military and other security agencies, adding that the war against corruption should be seen as everbody’s business.

According to him, military and other security agencies have to join forces in fighting corruption, saying the commission has recorded salient achievements in the course of fighting economic crimes since his assumption of office.

He said the achievements include the recovery of funds running into billions and trillions of Naira carted away from the nation’s treasury.

According to him, irregularity associated with cutting of corners in the process of awarding contracts and procurements, bad system of governance were uncovered.

The EFCC boss solicited thr  support and cooperation of the military to enable the anti-graft body continue to carry out its s responsibilities. //www.nannews.ng//

Edited by Auwalu Birnin Kudu/Buhari Bolaji

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