The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Michael Abikoye, has reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the fight against corruption in Nigeria even as he seeks more collaborative efforts between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Ghana’s anti-corruption agency, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
The Ambassador said this during a courtesy call on the Executive Director of EOCO, Commissioner of Police Frank Adu-Poku (rtd). He said the present administration in Nigeria pays premium attention on economy, security and fight against corruption.
“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari through the EFCC since 2015 to date convicted over 600 persons and also recovered over N500billion, equivalent of $1.6billion of looted funds,” he said.
He acknowledged what he described as excellent bilateral relationship subsisting between the two governments stressing that he has consistently been telling Nigerians living in Ghana to be law abiding during his meetings with them in different regions of Ghana.
Abikoye said the High Commission was prepared to collaborate with EOCO on issues related to money laundering and cyber-crimes and also reassured the Executive Director of his readiness to facilitate contacts with the EFCC, NFIU and other relevant agencies in Nigeria that are saddled with similar responsibilities.
H called for closer cooperation and collaboration, particularly between the EFCC and EOCO in the areas of exchange of information on corruption issues and training.
In his response, the executive director of EOCO, Commissioner of Police Frank Adu-Poku (rtd) commended Abikoye for the visit. He acknowledged that the visit was the first of its kind by any Ambassador in Ghana since his appointment as the executive director and promised to reciprocate the visit.
Adu-Poku said he was in agreement with all the suggestions raised by the Ambassador, including his willingness to collaborate with all relevant agencies in Nigeria and the High Commission.