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Anti-graft war: Don’t be intimidated, Oba of Benin tells EFCC


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Oba of Benin, Omo Akpolokpolo, has charged officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, not to be intimidated in the discharge of their duties.

The monarch stated this on Thursday when he received officials of the EFCC from Benin zonal office in his palace.

Head of media and publicity of the agency, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the traditional ruler charged EFCC to uphold the principle of uprightness in the discharge of their duties.

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“You should not be intimidated, be transparent in your work. Always ensure that petitions are investigated thoroughly before arrest so that EFCC is not seen as a witch-hunt agency,” he said.

The monarch then advised the commission not to allow itself to be used by greedy and unscrupulous individuals to achieve their goals.

“EFCC should be independent, fight corruption and desist from being partisans,” he said.

His monarch thanked the federal government for establishing an EFCC office in Benin and wished the commission success in all its endeavours.

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Earlier, Mailafia Yakubu, head of the Benin Zonal office of the EFCC, said he and his team were in the palace to pay homage to the Oba and also inform him that EFCC has opened an office in Benin.

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Mr Mailafiya said the commission deemed it imperative to inform the Oba and seek his royal blessings and support.

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