The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC says it is investigating the content of an audio tape, where a lawyer and seconded police officer with the commission, Mohammed Idris, purportedly made unsubstantiated claims regarding the influence of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the commission.
The commission said it will activate its internal mechanism to deal with the issues arising therefrom.
Recall that an Online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, had two days ago, published an exclusive, saying that Mohammed Idris, revealed how Malami, compromised cases of corruption in the country.
The audio tape is currently trending on social media.
A statement issued on Thursday evening by the Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the EFCC, for the avoidance of doubt, does not condone acts of corruption.
According to the statement, abuse of privilege for financial gratification by personnel of the commission is a serious offence against discipline.
“Without prejudice to the outcome of the investigation, snippets of the audio recording clearly showed an abysmally compromised “officer” dropping names to ingratiate his benefactor, a relative of a crime suspect. By the alleged action, the said officer is no more than a corrupt fifth columnist with scant regard for the values of the Commission,” part of the statement reads.
“The action is contemptuous of the established Standard Operating Procedure of the EFCC. Such professional indiscretion has no place in the new EFCC. The Commission encourages citizens who encounter any such unprofessional conduct by personnel of the EFCC to report to the Commission in support of our quest to build a better Agency.
“Reporting such conducts has been made easy by the Eagle Eye App, a financial crimes reporting application which was launched earlier in the year. We encourage members of the public to download the App from the Apple and Google Play Store and put it to use.
“Finally, the Commission wishes to assure the public that its operations are guided by established professional precepts which do not support the kind of discretion that could allow for manipulation by external actors.”