By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were on Tuesday made to take an oath of secrecy which withholds them from leaking official documents and information.
According to a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the oath was administered on the staff in line with the Official Secrets Act and the commission’s newly adopted Document Classification Policy.
The Official Secret Act states, “Any person who obtains, reproduces or retains any classified document which he is not authorised on behalf of the government to obtain, may be guilty of an offence and liable to conviction.”
The EFCC statement said that the anti-graft agency’s Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, took the oath alongside other staff members.
The statement read, “As part of ongoing reform efforts to improve efficient delivery of its mandate, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today May 18, 2021 took fresh official oaths, pledging among others, to perform their duties diligently and honestly.
“The Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa led other categories of staff to take the oath in compliance with the Official Secrets Act and the newly adopted Document Classification Policy of the Commission”.