There is corruption in EFCC – Lamorde

Senator Mohammed Bindow (left) with the EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lomorde after his screening by the Senate at the National Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday. Photo : Gbemiga Olamikan
 ABUJA—Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde Wednesday admitted before the Senate that the commission is facing problems of corruption within its staff.

Lamorde who was confirmed by the Senate after an interrogation that lasted almost two hours stated that polygraph test will be introduced to weed out corrupt staff from the agency.

He said: “Corruption in EFCC, to some extent is correct, and as the acting chairman, I have taken step to address some of the issues. We have about three of our personnel that are in detention for acts that seem not to be acceptable to the standard of an anti- corruption agency.

“We have also initiated prosecution against two other officers. The case is in court.  I have decided to establish an internal affairs department whereby every individual, including myself will be vetted not only at the time of coming to the agency, but periodically to see whether your lifestyle is commensurate with your income.

“I have decided to introduce a polygraph test for everybody. We are going to acquire machine and ask all of our staff to undergo polygraph test. There is no way an agency like the EFCC can go out and perform its function when people out there said corruption has also crept into the commission.”
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