Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has submitted particulars of individuals on its watch list and those under investigations in Kwara state to the state command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
The EFCC boss made this revelation through the Ilorin Zonal Head of the Commission, Mr Isyaku Sharu who on his behalf,
Receiving the Comptroller of Immigration Service in the state, Edith Onymenam, who led other NIS senior officers on a courtesy visit to Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC, the EFCC zonal head, Mr. Isyaku Sharu, said that the need to familiarise the NIS with particulars of such personalities under EFCC’s investigation became necessary following intelligence at the disposal of the commission that some highly-placed individuals undergoing corruption probe and on the commission’s watch list in the state had procured forged police reports with which they plan to apply for other international passports to escape from the country.
“Information at the disposal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin reveals that these highly placed individuals are planning to use forged police reports to re-apply for another international passport to flee the country in other to escape prosecution and justice.
“The Commission urges you to use your good office to place these individuals under strict surveillance.
“Your coming today is a welcome development. As stipulated in the EFCC Establishment Act, the Nigerian Immigration Service is a member of the commission. We can’t do anything without you. If we don’t collaborate with your office, we can’t get it right”, he said.
Reacting to the appeal by the EFCC boss, Onymenam said there was no cause for alarm, assuring that the suspects would not get another international passport, while she commended the anti-graft body for the existing cordial relationship between the two agencies.
“I am delighted to be here this morning. We have an existing relationship already. I am here to see that the relationship is well cemented. I want to see your support. My office will also give you support as well. If there is anything you want from my office, I will equally do that”, she said.