The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Ibrahim Magu has called for the strengthening of collaborations among
Africa States, in order to check illicit financial flows, with the aim
of winning the fight against corruption on the continent.
“The intricate webs of illicit financial flows developed by organized
criminal groups that have deprived African economies of crucial
resources for development, have made the need for effective
collaboration among African States in the fight against corruption more
imperative,” he said.
Magu, who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Olanipekun
Olukoyede, gave the charge at the commencement of a five-day Strategic
Management Training Workshop for Anti-Corruption Agencies in
Commonwealth Africa, organized by the EFCC in collaboration with the
Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre, CAACC, at the EFCC Academy,
Karu, Abuja, August 19, 2019.
He emphasized the importance of capacity building for officers of law
enforcement agencies in order to equip them with the necessary skills to
tackle new and emerging vices and financial crimes.
“The task of fighting corruption is not only Herculean, but
sophisticated, as organized criminal gangs are daily devising new and
sophisticated means of perpetrating fraud and other criminal
activities,” he said, stressing that for anti-corruption agencies to be
successful in their mission, they must be ahead of such fraudsters and
While emphasising on the importance of the workshop, he noted that the
programme is “designed to improve the capacity of Anti-corruption
Agencies in [the] Commonwealth in order to deliver the mandate of
fighting the corruption scourge militating against our collective
Magu added that it was expected to yield positive results in the fight
against corruption, resulting in a strategic plan to strengthen
anti-corruption agencies across Africa.
He warned that not charting a new course to fight corruption will imply
resigning to “the fate of doom, which a free reign of corruption holds
for the future generation”.
“It has become increasingly imperative that we sit down and talk about
our common problem of corruption and chart a course out of its grip,” he
said, adding that it was important for anti-graft agencies to up their
games considering the changing tactics of the corrupt to “steal, loot,
cheat and conceal the proceeds of their crimes”.
The Interim Adviser and Head, Public Sector Governance Unit,
Commonwealth Secretariat, Roger Koranteng, also noted the importance of
strengthening collaborations among African countries in the fight
“Such collaboration will help achieve meaningful and long lasting effort
to combat corruption and to enhance good governance on the continent,”
he said, as he counselled Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth
Africa to collaborate with CAACC which has a regional reach to mount
programmes to benefit Africa Anti Corruption Agencies.
On his part, the Chief Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Chile
Igbawua noted that the task of fighting corruption in whatever form
grows more complicated by the day, as criminals also develop new
“For us to be successful in this fight, collaboration with other
anti-corruption agencies is important as it will yield results, and for
us to be successful in this task, there must be cooperation either
voluntarily or compulsorily,” he said.
While delivering his paper, titled, “Strategy, Structure and
Performance”, Founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Patrick Utomi,
stressed that “the success of any organization is linked to its
corporate culture and staff adherence to core values and in order to
achieve long term goals is to commit to something.”
He added that most organizations fail because they try to serve
everything whereas there is the need to strategize. He thus advised that
leaders should apply leadership influence instead of assertion of power.
Highlighting fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of
accountability, not paying attention to results, as reasons why
organizations fail, he charged the EFCC on the need to “make it
impossible for people to steal government funds by employing the use of
artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.”
Earlier in her welcome address, the acting Commandant, EFCC Academy,
Prof. Lami Hamalai called for support amongst the anti-corruption
agencies and for the need to restrategize in combating corruption.
“There is need for new strategy which should focus on preventive
measures to endure that funds meant for development and social policies
are utilized accordingly,” she said.
The workshop, which will come to an end of August 23, 2019, follows the
EFCC’s agreement with the Botswana-based CAACC to host and co-facilitate
one of the six trainings of the body in 2019, in order to avail African
anti-corruption agencies, especially those of the 19-member country
organization, the opportunity to gain from the EFCC’s wealth of
experience in executing the anti-corruption fight in Nigeria.
Representatives at the works are from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho,
Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi and Nigeria.
It is remarkable that the CAACC usually hosts its trainings, workshops
and courses in Botswana, but for the first time, it is jointly hosting
its training in Nigeria in collaboration with the EFCC.