How to Write Petition to EFCC

How to Write Petition to EFCC

Is there any embezzlement or fraud going on in your organisation which you want to put an end to? Try writing a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is the best action you can take to save the situation. In this post we will guide you on how to submit a petition to EFCC.

We’ll also highlight some of the important things you need to put into consideration before filing and sending your petition to the anti-graft agency. We’ll also come up with a sample of a petition to the EFCC.

You wan to be one of the whistleblowers of EFCC, read on as this post contains everything you need to know on how to write a petition to an anti-graft agency in Nigeria.

What does EFCC do?

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is Nigeria’s most fearful anti-graft agency by online criminals, corrupt politicians because it is empowered by an Act to: prosecute, investigate, and charge to court anyone who involved himself in fraudulent activities or someone who has questions to answer in relation to financial impropriety.

Who you can petition

  • You can blow the whistle to EFCC if you know any politician in your LG, State, or at the FG level who has embezzled or involved in financial fraud provided you have a stronger evidence.
  • Head of institutions (colleges of education, polytechnic, university) can be investigated if he has mismanaged the institution’s funds
  • Head of your community can be investigated
  • You can file a petition to the EFCC if you know any online fraudsters in your neighborhood.
  • You can also file a petition or blow the whistle against any official of the anti-graft agency who misrepresented the agency by reporting to a special office dedicated to handle such cases, in this case you need to have most of the strongest evidence so that such petition doesn’t bounce on you the writer.
  • You can also blow the whistle to EFCC if you know someone who has been impersonating the agency to dupe the general public.
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Simply put, what we’re saying here is that anyone can be investigated by the EFCC in as much is a financial crime.

I’m sure you won’t be reporting a case of stealing of phone or car to EFCC, please note that police is empowered to handle cases relating to stealing.

Points to consider in your petition to EFCC

One thing about petition is that it has helped to correct some anomalies in the society. So, crafting and submitting a petition to the EFCC isn’t just enough. Here are the points to guide you before proceeding on submitting a petition

  1. Develop your argument
  2. Know the correct name of the person to be investigated
  3. Proper Address
  4. Write a statement that frames your goals
  5. Prepare references for your petition
  6. Add a brief summary of your petition
  7. Call to action
  8. Be concise
  9. Make your petition readable
  10. Edit your petition for spelling and figure errors
  11. Signatures
  12. Sending and submitting your petition

Develop your argument:

Make sure you have researched and you are in possession of enough evidence because that will help EFCC in its work, it doesn’t work on rumour or assumption.

Know the correct name of the person to be investigated:

Make sure you know the correct and full name of the person you want EFCC to investigate. Don’t abbreviate name, or use initials mention the full name and title of the person involved.

For instance:

If the person you want EFCC to investigate is the Head of a department in a polytechnic, say his full name, the faculty, and the department.

Proper Address

Addressing your petition to the appropriate office goes a long way in determining the success of your petition.

For instance:

If your petition would be sent to the EFCC headquarters in FCT, Abuja, then here is how to address it to the office:

The Executive Chairman,

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,

5, Fomella Street,

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Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,

Wuse 2, Abuja.

If your petition is passing through any of the EFCC’s zonal offices in Nigeria, then check the sample below:

The Executive Chairman, EFCC

Through the Head of Operations Lagos

No. 15A, Awolowo Road,

Ikoyi, Lagos.

Lagos, if you’re writing from Lagos. Check our EFCC offices in one of our earlier posts.

Write a statement that frames your goals

According to a WikiHow guide, you need to develop a clear and specific statement of your goal.

In EFCC’s case, your petition should be precise, concise and contains the appropriate information that will assist the commission in carrying our its job.

Prepare references for your petition

You also need to prepare a reference for your petition to the anti-graft agency to give it a flesh, if you have one.

Support your petition with additional information so that EFCC can be sure it is valid.

Add a brief summary of your petition:

Under your petition goal statement, it would be great to briefly describes the nature of the issue you are reporting.

Call to action

What exactly do you want the EFCC to do in your petition? You need to propose a call to attention for it to address the issue.

Example of call to action you can use in your petition is:

“We demand that the Chairman of EFCC investigate how the VC spent the allocation from FG from 2016 to 2018.”

Be concise:

Go straight to your point. You don’t need to greet or ask the head of EFCC if he has eaten.

Make your petition readable

Adding a few bullet points or number can make your petition more clear and interesting to read.

Edit your petition for spelling and figure errors:

Since EFCC entertains financial crime related petition, it’s definitely certain that you will be mentioning some figure in your petition.

It is very important that you check and cross check the figure so that your petition to EFCC doesn’t contain contradicting figures.

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Sending your petition:

So you’re done with your petition? It’s time to send. But how do you send your petition to EFCC? By hand? By email?

You can use both means to send your petition to the anti graft agency, using any of the zonal offices spread across the country.

Whichever means you’re using, it very important to keep a copy for yourself in case.

Signatures

At the end of your petition append your signature and your name. If it’s a group petition then others will have to write their names and append their signatures with the petition.

It is very important to include your name, phone number, contact address and your full name. The anti-graft agency may need to follow up.

How to avoid landing in EFCC custody as a petitioner?

Don’t write malicious petition

Have evidence

Sample of petition to EFCC

Please note that the sample of EFCC petition provided below is for informational purpose, it is not targeted at anyone or local government or state in Nigeria or any part of the World.

Any coincidence is regretted.

Request for an Investigation into the Financial Activities of Dabolu LGA, Isasa State

November 22, 2018

The Executive Chairman,

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,

5, Fomella Street,

Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,

Wuse 2, Abuja.

Intro: I am petitioning for an investigation into how the Chairman of Dabolu Local Government Area in Isasa State spent the Federal allocation for the month of October, 2018.

Body of your petition: Should contain valid points and straight to the point.

Conclusion: I have enclosed receipts from the procurement unit.

Sincerely,

Ope Igbaloyemi

123 Old Isasa Road,

Great Street

Dabolu LGA, Isasa State

Email: opeigb@you.com
Phone: 080122…..

Wrapping up:

Writing a petition to EFCC is one of the ways you support the present whistle blowing policy which is one of the ways to curb corruption menace in Nigeria. We hope you found this guide useful.

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