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2023: We’re Watching Politicians’ Spending – EFCC

As politicians step up their campaigns ahead of the 2023 general election, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it is closely monitoring the spending patterns of senior politicians in order to avoid a situation where they could use the money to influence the electoral process.

The head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee, Mr. Abdirashid Bawa, said the committee was careful not to invite some of them for interrogation so as not to be misunderstood as a political stalking.

He emphasized that there are a number of petitions already before the authority against some key political figures that the anti-graft agency is currently considering decisively.

Emphasizing the development on Thursday while presenting at the weekly briefings coordinated by the Presidential Media Team at the State House, Abuja, he said that the EFCC’s Petitions Examination Office/Committee, comprising experienced staff from the Legal Department as well as those trained to investigate such Petitions We are currently reviewing these petitions to see if they have merits for prosecution.

According to Bawa, the Anti-Corruption Commission is working on every petition addressed to it to establish the validity of this petition, stressing that the anti-graft agency he leads is ready to work for Nigerians without fear or favour.

When asked if the EFCC had received any petition against any of the 18 presidential candidates vying for the presidency by 2023, Bawa simply replied, “My concern is, at this hour, do you want us to start calling All the presidential candidates to come to our office to make statements?You, the same media, will say the motive is political.

So we’re not, but we work behind the scenes on such petitions that we’ve received to see which ones have advantages, and that’s why we don’t politicize them.

“This is another reason why we have what we call a petition review office/committee made up of experienced staff from the legal department as well as those trained in investigation who will review these petitions to see if they are in line with our mandate before they do so. Recommend whether to prosecute them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee.

“There are also standards, so to speak, that guide our procedures, you know, in terms of accepting or rejecting petitions, because we also have standards that are even publicized to guide petitioners on the requirements of petitioning for merit.”

2023: We’re Watching Politicians’ Spending – EFCC

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