The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that beginning from 1st June 2021, it will be demanding the assets declaration form of all bankers across the country. The newly appointed chairman of the antigraft agency, Abdulrasheed Bawa, disclosed this while speaking to state house correspondents in Abuja today 16th March 2021 after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that the commission took the decision as a result of concerns raised on the roles played by bankers in the fight against corruption because criminals would always want to have access to the proceeds of their crime. He noted that bankers would be asked to declare their assets and the commission would ensure that all employees in the nation’s banking industry comply with the directive.
According to his words; ”The assurance that I am going to give Nigerians going forward is that we will do our best to ensure that this country is free of economic and financial crimes. We understood that the tail end of every financial crime is for the criminals to have access to the funds that he or she has illegitimately gotten and we are worried about the roles of financial institutions.
By God grace, we hope that all financial institutions, particularly the bankers will declare their assets as provided by the law in accordance with the Bank Employees (Declaration of Assets) Act.