The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, on Monday, February 20th, 2012 assured Nigerians and the international community of the preparedness of the Commission to deliver on its assigned mandate of combating economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption. Lamorde said this while receiving the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Lloyd who paid him a courtesy visit at the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.
The EFCC Chairman expressed appreciation to the envoy for being the first to pay him a courtesy visit since his confirmation by the Senate last week and expressed his commitment to the realization of the EFCC’s mandate. “We are aware of the expectations of Nigerians and the international community. We shall not betray the confidence. We shall deliver on our mandate and justify the confidence reposed on us”,he promised.
He appreciated the support which the Commission has, over the years, received from British agencies such as the Department for International Development, DFID, the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organized Crime Agency, SOCA. In response, Lloyd promised greater support for the EFCC. “We would be looking to support in whatever way we can, if the EFCC succeeds, the international community and international investors win”, he said. He also commended the National Assembly for making Lamorde’s appointment a reality.
“It is a significant appointment because what you represent is a clear sense of direction and progress for the Commission”. Others who accompanied Lloyd on the visit are Julius Court, Team Leader, on Governance, DFID and Hooman Nouruzi, Political and Press Secretary.
Wilson Uwujaren Ag. Head, Media & Publicity 20th February, 2012