Illegal oil bunkering has assumed a frightening dimension on our economy, Gov Okowa has said The Delta State Governor, today told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC that illegal oil bunkering has assumed a frightening dimension on the nation’s economy. Governor spoke when Officials of the Benin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, paid him a courtesy visit. Governor Okowa said the State Government will work with the EFCC to tackle corruption in the State. “Partnering with the EFCC and other security agencies will go a long way in securing the economy of Nigeria.”
Governor Okowa said aside the loss of money by the federal government, the environment also suffers from degradation through constant destruction of oil pipelines. He called on the EFCC to collaborate with other sister agencies to bring those involved in the criminal acts to justice. The governor also used the medium to call on Nigerians to support the EFCC in its fight against corruption in order to secure the nation’s economy. The EFCC team which was led by Mailafia Yakubu, had told the governor that the Federal Government establishment commenced operations last year in Benin city, Edo States stressing that,” the Benin Zonal office, covers Edo, Delta and Ondo States.”
He said that the essence of the visit was to ask for the support of the state government so that the EFCC can effectively deal with economic and financial crimes, especially oil theft and advance fee fraud. The EFCC Operatives also visited the Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Mukoro and the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammed Mustafa separately in their offices as part of their familiarization tour. The Commissio n commended the Nigeria judiciary for their effort in the fight against corruption.
It stressed that hundreds of convictions secured since its establishment would not have been possible without the support of the judiciary. In a remark, Justice Marshal Mukoro commended EFCC’s efforts in combating corruption. He, however, urged the agency to avoid approaching courts with cases which can easily be settled through dispute resolution mechanisms. “Avoid using a sledge hammer to kill a fly.”