The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a stern warning to skit makers and content creators, urging them to refrain from portraying its operatives as bullies through the illegal and irresponsible use of the Commission’s operational identities.
This directive comes in response to a viral video titled “EFCC and Army Wahala,” which the EFCC deemed a misrepresentation of its operational etiquette. In a statement released on Wednesday, the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Dele Oyewale, expressed concern over the video’s portrayal of EFCC operatives unleashing terror on supposed suspects, describing it as not only embarrassing but also a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the Commission.
Oyewale emphasized that EFCC operatives are not bullies and are trained as refined modern law enforcement officers with a commitment to decency, civility, and respect for members of the public, including suspects of economic and financial crimes.
The statement included a warning to skit makers, cautioning them against the unauthorized use of EFCC’s identities for their productions. The EFCC affirmed its commitment to taking legal action against anyone caught displaying its operational identities without authorization.
“Operatives of the EFCC are not bullies. They are trained as refined modern law enforcement officers rich in decency, civility and respect for members of the public, including suspects of economic and financial crimes.
“Skit makers are warned again to desist from unauthorized use of the identities of the EFCC to ply their trade. The Commission will not hesitate to bring to book anyone caught displaying its operational identities for any engagement.”
This isn’t the first time the EFCC has addressed concerns related to the misuse of its branding. In June of this year, the Commission warned content creators, movie producers, and skit makers against using its branded jackets, symbols, and insignia without proper authorization.