EFCC locks out workers without proof of COVID vaccination

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Captions Pic 6 Head Office Complex of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday (15/5/18) 02538/15/5/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN Pic 7. From left: Secretary General, Commonwealth Agencies of Africa, Ms. Patricia Scotland; Former President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki; President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu during the inauguration of EFCC Head OFFICE Complex in Abuja on Tuesday (15/5/18) 02539/15/5/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN Pic 8. From left: Secretary General, Commonwealth Agencies of Africa, Ms. Patricia Scotland; Former President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki; President Muhammadu Buhari; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the inauguration of EFCC Head OFFICE Complex in Abuja on Tuesday (15/5/18) 02540/15/5/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, locked out unvaccinated staff from its office headquarters in Abuja.

George Ekpungu, secretary of the EFCC, said the commission will continue to “lock out” unvaccinated staff.

Addressing journalists, Ekpungu said the measure became necessary due to the recent emergence of the Omicron variant in the country.

According to NAN, as of 7am yesterday, staff of the anti-graft agency without evidence of being vaccinated were turned back home.

“The COVID-19 protocols were not instituted by the EFCC. They are international and national protocol,” Ekpungu said.

“For those who said they will not take the vaccine, they will continue to stay locked out until they make a decision.

“We also have vaccine at our clinic here for those who are interested.”

He said Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC chairman, had given the directive to ensure all staff were vaccinated, adding that the commission’s management would decide on measures for those who have refused to be vaccinated.

“You will agree with me that the cases of COVID-19 are on the increase worldwide and we must be on the lookout in order to ensure that our staff is safe,” he said.

“We have been sensitising staff internally but felt the need to make it public to encourage others to copy from us.”



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