Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, Friday, charged fresh cadets of the Commission to imbibe its core values, which include integrity, courage, professionalism, leadership and partnership.
He stated this during the passing out ceremony of the EFCC Detective Superintendent Cadet Course 6 and Detective Intermediate Cadet Course 3 at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja.
According to Lamorde, the 85 cadets who had just completed a six-month basic law enforcement training, received the “best possible initiation into the community of law enforcement.”
He said the cadets, in the course of their training, received lectures from regulatory institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, and the Pension Commission.
“From the intelligence and law enforcement community, agencies like the Department of State Services, DSS, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Nigeria Customs Service and a host of others were on hand to share priceless field experiences and other forms of training with them”, he added.
Lamorde, who reiterated the resolve of the commission to continue to champion the cause of engendering a society free of all forms of economic and financial crimes, added that the EFCC Academy would stop at nothing in the pursuit of all-round professionalism, even where the required facility or faculty is not immediately available.
He said the quest for professionalism necessitated the arrangement with the Department of State Services to organise the firearms training and range classification exercise for the cadets at its Service Development Centre in Kaduna.
He, however, told the cadets that working in the EFCC “is not a bed of roses”, adding that it comes with some challenges.
Earlier in his address, the Commandant, EFCC Academy, Mr. Ayo Olowonihi, urged the cadets not to think that their training had ended because the journey as law enforcement agents had just begun.
He, however, re-assured them of their safety, in spite of the hazardous nature of their job.
“We started with 85 of them and to God be the glory, all of them are passing out today. I say this because I know what we have put them through in and out of this premises (EFCC Academy). I am happy to say that they all excelled in the exercises they partook in,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the Commission, Barrister Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo, charged the young officers to make the EFCC core values their guiding light in their careers with the commission.