The ACC Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole has in a strongly worded statement to journalists at the usual press briefing at the Ministry of Information yesterday warned that the plans of anyone to burn down the ACC Office is a waste of time, as every documentation in his office was now being computerized and safely preserved.
Mr Tejan-Cole was responding to concerns raised by some members of the press that it has been the notorious and common place action for some corrupt elements in society to raze some public offices to ashes in an effort to destroy incriminating documents against them. He replied that his office has mapped out a number of strategies in the areas of public education and outreach, intelligence and investigation units, support services and systems review, to look at leakages in offices with the aim of arresting them. He said his office was now mandated by law to carry out its own investigation and prosecution independent of the office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice. Mr Tejan-Cole said the old ACC law focused on public offices but the new law comprises of 29 new offences including crimes in both the private public institutions.
He observed that a lot of expectations are placed on his office to charge and prosecute all corrupt cases, but noted that in as much as his office would be prosecuting for bid rigging and other abuse of office by some public officials ,they might be searching for the root causes of endemic corruption and educating people on the dangers of corruption throughout the country.
By Solomon Rogers