EFCC Chairman Cautions Journalists on Media Trial


…As NGIJ Held its Maiden Workshop on Investigative, Solution Journalism

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Chairman has cautioned Nigeria journalists on media trial leading the fight against corruption, and shun all forms misinforming the public.

EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa and Kogi state Deputy Governor, Chief Edward David Onoja led other dignitaries who spoke at the 2-day NGIJ Workshop on Investigative, Solution Journalism in Lagos over the weekend.

At the event, Abdulrasheed Bawa cautioned journalists against media trial to avoid jeopardizing anti-corruption efforts of the agency.

Abdulrasheed Bawa made the call while speaking during a 2-Day Workshop on Investigative and Solutions Journalism in the Digital Age organised as a refresher course by the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) for its members nationwide.

The EFCC chairman explained that the call for declaration of assets by bankers is an age long law which the agency will implement to strengthen anti graft war in the country.

According to the EFCC Chairman, the law is not a new law and EFCC will ensure every banker comply before the deadline, as “this will help monitor insider related funds, property trends and prevent money laundering.”

Represented by Deputy Head of Lagos Zonal Office, Emeka Okonjo, he however called for revival of investigative practices among journalists with a view to unraveling deep layered corruption cases and strenthen collaboration towards sustaining the ongoing anti-graft efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

Bawa therefore expressed the agency’s readiness to partner with the NGIJ in area of sensitisation and reportage of ongoing trial, noting that investigative journalists have a great role to play in the war against corruption in the country.

Meanwhile, the award winning investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo on Friday shared his experience with NGIJ members drawn from Lagos, Abuja, Kwara, Ogun and Oyo states while UBA Head Corporate Communication, Mr. Rahman Nasir and Corporate Communication Manager, Mr. Abiodun Coker also discussed on balancing storyline.

Fisayo Soyombo revealed that his passion for social change, justice and equity in the society spurred him to embrace investigative journalism despite the hazard.

Other facilitators who attended the event on Saturday include Polaris Bank Head Corporate Communication, Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, HEDA Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, Financial Analyst and Communicator, Dapo Daramola and Barrister Ayo Odukale of Ayo Odukale Chambers who delved into media laws, FOI Act, Whistleblowing policy and other relevant laws guiding and related to media practice in Nigeria.

Mass communication scholars, Emmanuel Osideko and Oba Adeoye anchored various sessions with participants on wide range of areas including solutions journalism, modern media techniques for multiplatforms, media branding and digital media entrepreneurship.

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