EFCC Denies Obtaining Suspects’ Statements Under Duress


19 Oct 2015

EFCC Denies Obtaining Suspects’ Statements Under Duress

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Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday denied the charge that suspects being examined by the commission were put forth to give expressions under duress.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Spokesman of the EFCC, in an announcement in Abuja, said Lamorde expressed this amid a visit to the commission by authorities of Amnesty International.

"The EFCC takes after the tenet of law; our announcements are recorded and are not taken under duress.

"Our rooms have cameras in them and the best in class recording offices in the EFCC cross examination rooms won't permit any investigative specialist to mortify a suspect," the announcement cited Lamorde as saying.

The proclamation said that Lamorde, who communicated appreciation to the group for opening an office in Abuja, depicted corruption as the most exceedingly awful sort of human rights abuse.

"Western nations must end the impoverisation of creating countries.

"They must reject and return stolen finances so that particular governments of the influenced creating nations could utilize the cash to better the lives of their citizens."

The articulation cited Mr Colm Cuanachain, the Senior Director, Office of the Secretary-General, Amnesty International, as saying that countries focused on hostile to corruption war tended to encounter ''wonderful growth''.

Cuanachain, while communicating the status of Amnesty International to join forces with EFCC, noted that corruption had added to human rights infringement in the North-East and the Niger Delta region.

He said that capital punishment, as discipline for raiders of the treasury, was not the best alternative in the battle against corruption. (NAN)

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