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Our Operations Will Remain Intact Despite The Fire Incident – EFCC

Our Operations Will Remain Intact Despite The Fire Incident – EFCC

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has assured the general public that the fire incident in the Enugu Zonal Command of the Commission on Friday, May 5 will not affect the operations of the commission.

George Ekpungu, the Commission Secretary confirmed this during an inspection visit to the Command on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

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After visiting the site of the fire incident, Mr. Ekpungu told reporters he was relieved that the fire had not affected a critical component of the commission’s work. The digitization process, initiated by the leadership of Abdulrshid Bawa, confirmed that all processes of the Commission have been fully digitised with a backup at the Abuja central server.

Thursday’s incident was said to have been triggered by a surge in the public power source. But Ekpungu said the Commission cannot make any categorical statement on the cause of the inferno until the ongoing investigation is concluded. He however expressed happiness that no life was not lost during the incident.

“We cannot at this point in time know the exact cause of the fire but the preliminary investigation reveals it was a spark. We are grateful to God that no life was lost and our critical components of operations were saved. For now, we don’t know the cause of the inferno but the investigation will tell us the cause of the fire and that will be done by professionals. We thank God that in the records, our armory, suspects, detainees and every other thing critical to our work are safe.

“And you know EFCC is ICT sophisticated. Whatever we have here, we have it at head office. So, we have a way of recovering a lot of things. So, since the coming of our chairman, we have been digitalising our processes. What happened here will not affect our operations,” he said.

Mr Ekpungu was accompanied on the visit by the commission’s spokesman, Osita Nwajah.

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