Following the circulation of a sticker on social media, that a non-governmental organization, Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative, ECAPI, is collaborating with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the fight against corruption, the agency has denied any relationship with the organization.
Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, in a press release obtained by TOS News revealed this on Thursday.
Wilson said clarification became necessary as the NGO begins to claim it has been included in the EFCC database and now has direct access to “Information and activities of the EFCC locally and globally; claiming that the Commission’s Director of Media “approved the sticker” after a meeting with the group on June 1, 2021.
“The Commission wishes to state that these claims are not only misleading but false. The group cannot conceivably have been in the database or have access to the Commission’s information as claimed.
“However, the group visited the Commission on June 1 as a follow up to a letter requesting collaboration on corruption prevention which they had sent in earlier.
“They met with the Commission spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, as a matter of courtesy and he informed them that the Commission, though open to collaborating with all civil society organizations genuinely interested in the fight against corruption, has strict procedures for such engagements.
“Unfortunately, this exploratory meeting has been interpreted to mean the consummation of a non-existent relationship,” Wilson disclosed.
The EFCC has warned that ECAPI has no permission to use either the name or logo of the commission in promoting itself or its programmes and should desist forthwith.