From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has called for stiffer legislation against corruption in Nigeria.
Zonal Head of the Commission in charge of Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau States, Dr. Johnson Babalola who made the call yesterday during the celebration of the International Anti- Corruption Day in Makurdi, Benue State capital, noted that if there are tough measures against hate speech, the toughest measures should be reserved for corruption entrepreneurs.
Dr. Babalola said the theme of the day is ‘Zero Tolerance to Corruption’ , noting that corruption is a cancer, a terminal disease in our national polity.
He added that corruption is an existential epidemic, positing that the EFCC does not only frown at looting but also, against marginal stealing and situational thieves.
The EFCC head intimated that the Commission has secured 18 convictions while 53 cases are in court.
“The convictions cut across fraudsters (yahoo boys), procurements as well as marginal issues. We do not have localized challenges because we enjoy mass support and cooperation from the Benue people and the judiciary.
“We have taken corruption campaigns to schools and collaborating with non-governmental organizations, NYSC and other security agencies to ensure that corruption is wiped out from our body polity. Everything is in comatose as a result of corruption.
“We therefore, enlist the participation and support of all Nigerians across divides i.e religion, tribes, profession, age diversities to join hands with the EFCC to wipe this malaise out of our nation’s body polity “, Babalola stated.