The warning came on the back of a viral video, code-named: ‘EFCC and Army Wahala,’ which is gaining traction across social media.
In a statement on Wednesday, the anti-graft agency said the viral skit is a caricature of the operational etiquette of the EFCC.
The commission said the depiction of its “operatives in the video unleashing terror on suspects is not only embarrassing but also indicates a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the agency”.
The agency clarified that its operatives are “not bullies but trained as modern law enforcement officers, characterised by decency, civility, and respect for the public, including suspects”.
The EFCC also warned that it would take appropriate measures against such infringements, and “will not hesitate to bring to book anyone caught displaying its operational identities for any engagement”.
“‘EFCC and Army Wahala’ gaining traction across social media, once again, compels the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to reiterate its warning to skit makers and other social workers to desist from using the operational identities of the Commission illegally and irresponsibly, ” the statement reads.
“‘EFCC and Army Wahala’ is a caricature of the operational etiquette of the EFCC. The shameful characterization of supposed operatives of the Commission in the video unleashing terror on “suspects”, is not only embarrassing but indicative of a deliberate attempt to cast shadows on the image of the EFCC.
“Operatives of the EFCC are not bullies. They are trained as refined modern law enforcement officers rich in decency, civility, and respect for members of the public, including suspects of economic and financial crimes.
“Skit makers are warned again to desist from unauthorized use of the identities of the EFCC to ply their trade. The Commission will not hesitate to bring to book anyone caught displaying its operational identities for any engagement.”
The agency had previously warned skits and filmmakers against the unauthorised use of its branded jackets and symbols.
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