The House of Representatives on Wednesday cautioned operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against allowing themselves to be used to settle political scores.
The commission was told to investigate and prosecute cases professionally, irrespective of whether the suspects were Peoples Democratic Party members or members of the rival All Progressives Congress.
The House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes gave the warning in Abuja when the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, appeared before lawmakers to defend the agency’s 2014 budget proposals.
Lamorde was asked to to “fair to all” and to be “very professional in your operations.”
Speaking on behalf of the committee, its Chairman, Mr. Adams Jagaba, said, “Don’t allow yourself to be used for political vendetta. When your work affects a PDP man, treat him the same way you will treat an APC man. Let your work be professional, not political.”
Lamorde, while reviewing the 2013 budget of the commission, informed the committee that the agency successfully prosecuted 117 cases last year.
He said the EFFC’s total budget for 2013 was N10.3bullion, broken down into N5.8bn for personnel cost; N1.4bn for overhead cost; and N3bn for capital projects.