Asset declaration now a must, EFCC tells bankers

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will devote more attention to tackling corruption amongst bankers, the agency’s Chairman, AbdulRasheed Bawa has said.

Bawa also stated that more attention will be paid to cybercrime “which has become a big problem to this country.”

Bawa stated this yesterday at the State House after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on his action plan.

Bawa, who was cleared by the Senate to commence work last month, said focus on bankers is part of the Commission’s renewed poise to clampdown on financial crimes in all sectors of the economy.

He said: “We understood that the tail end of every financial crime is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has illegitimately gotten.

“We’re worried about the roles of financial institutions. We have discussed, but we hope that all (staff of) financial institutions, particularly the bankers, will declare their assets as provided for by the law, in accordance with the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act.

“The EFCC, come the 1st of June 2021, will be demanding this asset declaration forms, filled by the bankers so that the line that we have drawn from the first of June is really complied with by all bankers.”

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