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UK backs EFCC’s anti-corruption war, pledges repatriation of ill-gotten wealth

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The United Kingdom and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have restated their resolve to further strengthen the existing cooperation and partnership between them in the fight against economic crimes and corruption.

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This indication was the high point of discussion on Tuesday when the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, visited the EFCC Headquarters, Abuja.

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the UK envoy who expressed her admiration for the young and talented Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the UK was serious about returning ill-gotten gains and preventing it from happening.

She recalled past support of the UK government to the EFCC and the fight against corruption in Nigeria through the Combined Inter Agency Task Force.

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“We remain strong partners and we are here to support you”, she said.

While thanking the envoy for her visit, Mr Bawa stressed the need to strengthen the special relationship between the EFCC and the UK government and her agencies.

“We should continue to work together to achieve our mutual interests. We must try to strengthen the special relationship we have maintained especially with the NCA”.

He said the Commission was working assiduously to change the narrative as far as the fight against corruption in Nigeria is concerned, adding that the focus is now to prevent corruption rather than being reactive.

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He disclosed that the Commission will on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 launch its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, prepared with the support of UK agencies.

He also thanked the envoy for the UK Government’s support in developing the Commission’s forensics capacity through training, adding that the EFCC under his leadership has deployed technology to improve its operations.

The EFCC boss disclosed that his agency recently launched an App, Eagle Eye, which simplifies the process of reporting economic and financial crimes.

The High Commissioner and her team were taking through a demonstration of the working of the App and the new Case Management Application of the EFCC.

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