The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has challenged developed countries of the West to put an end to the impoverishment of developing nations.

Making this declaration while hosting a two-man delegation from the Amnesty International, led by the Senior Director, Office of the Secretary General of the organisation Mr. Colm Cuanachain, in Abuja on Monday, Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde argued that it was important for the Western nations to reject stolen funds and ensure the return of the monies to the affected countries so that they could be put into development projects for the benefit of their people.

The EFCC boss reminded the Western powers that the funds being looted and stashed away in foreign countries were the commonwealth of the people diverted by a few individuals.

Lamorde described the diversion of people’s commonwealth into private pockets as the gravest form of human rights abuse.

He added that human rights violations thrived in most cases in an environment of corruption.

Lamorde said, “Western countries must end the impoverisation of developing countries. They must reject and return stolen funds, so that respective governments of the affected developing countries could use the money to better the lives of the poor in their countries.

“It is the commonwealth of the people that has been diverted to private use. So, it is the worst form of human rights abuse. When corruption and impunity become the order of the day, human rights abuses flourish.

“When you consider the cause of water-borne diseases suffered by the people in rural areas, it is because someone has diverted the funds meant for pipe-borne water in those areas.

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“Also, when you consider the fact that our hospitals lack the basic amenities, it is because some people have kept the funds allocated to the hospitals to themselves. I, therefore, urge you to consider partnering with the EFCC.”

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