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Defence agencies to combat Terrorism funding

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Strict measures will hold those involved in corrupt practices accountable.

General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, has emphasised the importance of monitoring terrorist financing in Nigeria as an essential strategy in combating global terrorism without the use of force. During a meeting with the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ola Olukoyede of Nigeria remain steadfast in upholding and protecting the current democratic system.

The EFCC Chairman was at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja, General Musa reiterated this critical stance. The CDS expressed confidence in the new EFCC boss and reassured that the Armed For innovative use of technology to combat corruption and economic crimes. It was emphasised that the AFN is committed to eradicating corruption and enforces strict measures, including holding General Court Martial (GCM) proceedings accountable for any personnel involved in corrupt practices. General Musa stressed the importance of the EFCC boss motivating public officials and other individuals in positions of power to prioritise good governance in order to prevent economic collapse and insecurity within the country.

Census and surveillance cameras should be utilised at key locations.

He also briefed the head of the Anti-Corruption agency on how the Armed Forces of Nigeria collaborates with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant parties to combat oil theft within the nation. He expressed concern over the obstacles posed by oil siphoning and a lenient legal system, resulting in delays in prosecuting offenders. He emphasized the importance of utilizing census and implementing surveillance cameras at key locations to address issues such as corruption, terrorism, and security threats within the nation.

In addition. he reassured Mr. Olukoyede of the AFN’s unwavering support and cooperation, praising his efforts and urging him to continue his good work. Similarly, the EFCC Chairman expressed his intention to strengthen collaboration in the fight against corruption during his visit to the DHQ, emphasising the importance of working together to combat this issue in the country. From the moment he began his role, he stressed the importance of teamwork in the fight against corruption, urging Nigerians to work together to achieve success.

Negligence could significantly jeopardise the country’s future.

Emphasising the importance of winning the battle against corruption, he noted its detrimental impact on the economy and national reputation. He issued a stern warning that failure to take immediate, significant action could jeopardise the country’s future within the next decade. The Chairman emphasised the importance of embracing cognitive responsibility to combat the threats of corruption and insecurity. He urged the military and security agencies to take ownership of the fight against corruption, emphasising that it is a collective responsibility for all citizens.

Collaboration between the EFCC, the military, and other security agencies in the fight against corruption is essential. Under his leadership, the Commission has made significant progress in combating economic crimes, including the recovery of large sums of money stolen from the nation’s treasury. He also mentioned that there were many valuable insights gained from the efforts to combat corruption in the nation. He stated that issues such as shortcuts in awarding contracts, procurement irregularities, and inadequate governance systems were brought to light.

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Lastly, the EFCC leader requested the assistance and collaboration of the AFN so that the EFCC could effectively fulfil its mandated responsibilities. Collaboration fosters trust and builds stronger relationships among stakeholders, which are essential for sustainable security solutions. By working hand in hand, organisations can enhance communication, coordination, and cooperation, leading to greater synergy in their efforts to combat insecurity. This shared sense of purpose and unity can also empower communities to take ownership of their security and participate in initiatives that promote peace and stability.

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