The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said that the commission is not in partnership with Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative (ECAPI) as is being claimed by organization.
The EFCC disclosed this in a press release Wednesday evening signed by Wilson Uwujaren Head, Media Publicity.
It said the clarification became necessary following the “circulation of a sticker on the social media platform, WhatsApp by the group advertising its partnership with the EFCC.”
The EFCC stressed that ECAPI does not have access to its database and that the commission did not approve the sticker as ECAPI claims.
The commission said that ECAPI met with Uwujaren on Tuesday “as a matter of courtesy,” but the meeting is being misinterpreted. It added that ECAPI should desist from using EFCC name and logo for promoting itself or its programme as it has no permission to do so.
The statement read:
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to inform members of the public that it has no relationship with a Non- Governmental Organization, Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative, ECAPI.
“This clarification became necessary following the circulation of a sticker on the social media platform, WhatsApp by the group advertising its partnership with the EFCC, and claiming it has been included in the EFCC database and now have direct access to “Information and activities of the EFCC locally and globally.”
“It further claimed that the Commission’s Director of Media “approved the sticker” after a meeting with the group yesterday, 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, have strict procedures for such engagements.
“Unfortunately, this exploratory meeting has been interpreted to mean the consummation of a non-existent relationship.
“The Commission warns that ECAPI has no permission to use either the name or logo of the EFCC in promoting itself or its programmes and should desist forthwith.”
EFCC Not In Partnership with Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative, ECAPI pic.twitter.com/rdiPXtAAMo
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) June 2, 2021
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