The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, has said the Nigerian media is not immune to corruption.
Lamorde, who was represented by the EFCC’s Director of Operations, Mr. Olaolu Adegbite, said this on Monday during a workshop on economic crimes reporting, organised by the commission for journalists in Lagos.
He said, “Without a doubt, the media is a critical stakeholder in the anti-graft war. With your pen, you can make or mar the fight against economic crimes and corruption. So far, the media has been helpful.
“There are issues in the media profiling of the EFCC that is less than desirable. The notion that only those who have fallen out of favour with the powers that be are touched by the commission, is unfortunately a creation of the media.
“This is sad; corruption threatens all sectors, including the media. It is not immune. If an individual can attempt to bribe investigators with $15m, is it possible that he can bribe the media? Yes.
“Is it possible that such a person will attempt to bribe the judiciary? The media should lend its investigative skills to helping the EFCC fight corruption and not allow itself become a pawn in the hands of the corrupt.”