The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde on Friday July 19, 2013 charged the newly recruited operatives of the Commission to uphold the tenet and core values of the Commission. “The agency that you are about to become a part of, is not your regular government agency. If you have not gotten that in the past six months, then you do not deserve to be here. We do not entertain or manage second-bests here; if there is any bar set in the public service for professionalism, EFCC surpasses it and if there is any bar set for integrity, EFCC easily scales it. Therefore, professionalism, integrity and discipline must be your watchwords at all times.”
The Detective Assistant Cadet Course made up of 62 officers is the first set of operatives employed by the Commission at this level. “By this exercise, we are making an effort to tackle some potential vulnerability inherent in the Commission’s current personnel structure. We are attempting to fill a vacuum in our guard and security detail personnel, which is presently being filled by gallant men of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force. It is hoped that following the intensive training and the years of mentorship that will follow in the field, these young men and women would form the resilient foundation of a corps of EFCC guard and personnel security that would not only do the Commission but the nation proud,” Lamorde stated.
The EFCC boss, who congratulated the operatives for their success, commended the Commandant of the EFCC Academy and his team for successfully leading the operatives through training. “I am impressed by the rapid transformation of many of those passing out today, as attested to at various time in the course of their training within this Academy and by the assessment of some of the agencies where certain aspects of the intensive training were conducted,” he said.
Ayo Olowonihi, the Commandant of the Academy thanked the chairman of the Commission for his effort in making sure the programme was a success. According to him, the journey which began on the 3rd of January, 2013 with 67 young cadets has come to an end with 62 of them successfully completing the course.
The best cadet, Basi Barika Victor Essien thanked the Commission for the opportunity presented to him to serve the nation, admitting that the training was not easy. “Am grateful to God that we are passing out today” he said.