The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has condemned the attack on the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja on Wednesday.
Some unidentified gunmen attacked the EFCC headquarters located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday.
Debo Adeniran, the executive chairman of CACOL condemned the attack, saying that the federal government should not derail from achieving it anti-corruption agenda.
“The forces of retrogression; agents of pro-corruption have obviously become extremely desperate in their fight-back against the present anti-corruption drive. This is a move to frustrate the anti-graft efforts for violent and boldfaced confrontations.
“No further evidence is needed to validate the reality of the fact that corruption is fighting back than this murderous act targeted at the EFCC by some corrupt elements that are hell-bent on shielding themselves from justice.
“Let us note that it was only a few weeks ago that another investigator with the EFCC, Austin Okwor was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Thus, the FG must within its strategies for combating corruption consciously consider and prepare for the fight-back against anti-corruption.
“The lives and properties of all anti-graft agencies and agents must be formidably protected; adequate security must be consistently maintained in all anti-graft operations. Ishaku Sharu in particular, who has been directly singled as a target must be protected by all means necessary.
“This desperate attack must be immediately investigated by the Police in collaboration with other relevant security agencies; the dare-devil attackers must be fished out for prosecution for their murderous act, their sponsors must be identified and made to face the wrath of the law.
“Nigerians must rise in unison to condemn the dastardly act as it portends no good for the anti-corruption fight and the country itself.”