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S/ Leone’s Anti Graft Commission seeks bilateral tie with Nigeria’s EFCC

S/ Leone’s Anti Graft Commission seeks bilateral tie with Nigeria’s EFCC

Sierra Leone’s Deputy Anti Corruption Commissioner (ACC) Mr. Morlai Buya Kamara has sought for a bilateral tie with the leading Nigeria’s Anti Graft Agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its Commissioner, Chief Mrs. Farida Waziri to enable the duo share experiences and collectively explore ways to combat economic crimes that transcend borders.  (Photo: Deputy Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara Presenting ACC’s Annual Report to EFCC Mrs. Farida Waziri)

Speaking during a courtesy call on Nigeria’s EFCC Commissioner Chief Mrs. Farida Waziri at her No5 Fomella Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse II Abuja, Deputy Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara said “We were invited by ECOWAS for the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa( NACIWA) meeting and his move to the EFCC was predicated by his Commissioner Mr. Joseph F. Kamara, who firmly instructed him to ensure that he (Morlai Buya Kamara) visits the EFCC and lay the ground for  an official visit that will see the tying of arrangement relating to a bi- lateral tie of the two institutions.

Deputy Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara described  the establishment of a bilateral tie between the two  leading Anti Graft  agencies of the two countries as not only important, but strategic because it will help track the movement  and forestall  the transfer of loot and pilfered funds : as it has been proven that most corrupt officials keep their loot outside their countries.

“Our institution (ACC) the leading anti corruption crusader in Sierra Leone was established in the year 2000 through an act of parliament which was re engineered in 2008 to enable it become very effective,“ said Deputy Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara.

He said ACC has Five (5) departments and One Hundred and Forty (140) staff, coupled with regional heads.” We not only investigate and prosecute suspects, but the ACC also recover loot and pilfered funds.” Once more, I thank you for warmly for not only receiving us, but also for granting us audience,” concluded Morlai Buya Kamara.

L-r HOC Duwai Lungay, Director Shollay Davies & ACC's Deputy Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara in conversation with EFCC's Chief Mrs. Farida Waziri

Reacting, the EFCC Commissioner Chief Mrs. Farida Waziri thanked Mr. Morlai Buya Kamara and said she has been looking forward to such move and blamed the lack of effective communications for the delay.

“I have been seriously thinking of establishing not only a bilateral tie between Anti Graft Agencies in the region, but also in Africa and other parts of the world.” There is need for us to cooperate and collaborate to enable us maintain our effective work, and hinder the activities of key outside players (accomplices) whose aim is to impede our work.

“My commission is currently benefiting from the support and cooperation. “ We do get the kind of support from the government through commitments and action: and with such collaboration, we can be able to minimize graft to its lowest ebb.

“Once we develop cohesion, we can be able to influence support from the leadership and Governments for other Commissions who are not enjoying same.

She however promised to cooperate with Sierra Leone’s ACC and extended her commission’s felicitation to Commissioner Joseph F. Kamara and expressed optimism to the establishment of a bi-lateral tie between the two Anti Corruption Commissions.

Other members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are ACC’s Director National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) Coordinating Unit Mr. Shollay Davies, Sierra Leone High Commission’s Head of Chancery Mr. Duwai Lungay and Information Attaché Pasco Gerald Temple.

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