The Ibadan zonal head of EFCC, Mr. Friday Ebelo, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and other top officials of the commission, the State government, professionals, artisans and people from across various fields of human endeavors, yesterday participated in a road walk as part of activities to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.
Others at the rally are the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
While addressing journalists before the road walk, the Ibadan zonal head of EFCC, Mr. Friday Ebelo, had explained to them on the essence of the day and why the EFCC was marking it with a road walk.
“Corruption remains the most potent threat to human existence. It is at the root of every tragedy that ever befell mankind. It has also been identified as the ultimate potential impediment to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed for full actualization by the year 2030.
“It is the realization of these threats and the need to nip them in the bud that countries of the world came together under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) to pass the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in December 2003. As of today, 186 member-states are parties to the treaty. The document currently has 140 signatories and 30 ratifications. Those are in addition to the full involvement of notable non-member states of the global body,” he said.
The zonal head also listed out some of the successes of the Ibadan zonal office for the current year 2019.
“From January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions; 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.
“In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary fixing of 1,044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded.
“We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders,” he said.
The rally took off from the Iyaganku GRA Quarters premises of the Ibadan zonal office, through Dugbe, and came to a halt at the take-off point.
Governor Seyi Makinde who will also be signing the Oyo state Anti-Corruption bill already passed by the State Assembly, any moment from now, used the occasion to mobilize the people of the state in the fight against corruption, noted that no meaningful development could take place in a society that failed to curb corruption.
Report by Abiodun Adefarati