Chief of Defence Staff Urges EFCC to Track Terrorism Funding

Gen. Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has called upon the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intensify efforts in tracking terrorism funding within the country as part of the global fight against terrorism. This call comes amidst growing concerns over the various means utilized by terrorists to raise and move funds, as highlighted in a report by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa.

In a meeting with the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, in Abuja, Gen. Musa emphasized the importance of curbing terrorism financing, citing it as a critical non-kinetic approach in combating terrorism globally. He expressed concern over the legal system’s perceived delays in prosecuting suspects, which has posed challenges for the military in addressing security threats effectively.

Gen. Musa further advocated for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) at strategic locations across the country to enhance crime prevention and investigation efforts. He stressed the military’s commitment to maintaining zero tolerance for corrupt practices and highlighted the use of General Court Martial proceedings to address misconduct within the Armed Forces.

In response, EFCC Chairman Olukoyede underscored the urgency of winning the war against corruption, emphasizing its detrimental impact on the nation’s economy and reputation. He warned of potential jeopardy facing the country in the next decade if decisive measures are not taken. Olukoyede emphasized the need for collective responsibility in combating corruption, urging collaboration between the EFCC, military, and other security agencies to address the menace effectively.


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