Ibadan EFCC Office Gets New Head

The newly appointed Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan office, Kanu Idagu, has expressed his readiness to work hard to improve the good image he met on ground.

Idagu, who held a brief interactive session with the EFCC staff in the zone on assumption of office on Monday, March 2, 2020, praised the exemplary spirit of the officers, describing the zone as one of the best in the Commission.

He described the Ibadan team as resourceful and efficient. 

He said he was coming with high spirit and the mindset to make things better, as he sought officers’ support and further commitment to work in the quest to lift the Commission to greater heights.

“Success should not be a one-off affair. The zone has done well. Your record last year was fantastic and inspiring. But we can always do better. This is a fresh year that poses a fresh challenge. We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence is not an act, but an attitude. We, therefore, must remain consistent in the spirit of excellence”.

“We must work in synergy and re-dedicate ourselves to the mandate of the Commission. We should work hard to beat the last year’s record. I know we can do better if we push harder, as it is said that if you don’t exceed your limit you can’t create a miracle.,” he said.

The new boss charged the officers to always live above board and ensure that they flee from all appearances of corruption, asking them to make integrity their watchword.

“He who wants to come to equity must come with clean hands, so the saying goes. As law enforcement officers, you must guide your integrity jealously. You must stay away from corruption. If there is anyone among you involving in corrupt practices, I implore you to change your ways now. The EFCC abhors corruption and that stance should be our creed,” he added.

After a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Calabar, Idagu joined the EFCC in 2004 as one of the first set of its cadet officers.

He also holds a Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Security Psychology and Legal Criminology from the University of Ibadan, as well as a Certificate in Strategic Intelligence Analysis after successfully completing a specialised training at the Greater Manchester Police of the United Kingdom.

Grounded in anti-corruption strategies, especially investigating and prosecuting corruption cases, the new EFCC Ibadan Zonal Head has played prominent roles in bringing to a successful conclusion some of the prominent cases that earned the commission its high respect internationally.

He has held many strategic positions within the anti-graft agency, including Head, Special Task Force, STF; Head, Economic Governance, EG; and Head, Advance Fee Fraud, AFF, in both Lagos office and the Commission’s Head Office in Abuja. His last posting was in Abuja where he was Head, AFF. Idagu took over the headship of the zone on Monday from Bright Igeleke, the second-in-command, who was the acting Head since the former Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, left for a course at the National Institute for Security Studies, NISS, Abuja.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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