We’re Working Tirelessly to Rid Nigeria of Corrupt Practices -Magu
The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Mustapha Magu said the anti-graft agency is working tirelessly to rid Nigeria of all forms of corrupt practices .
According to him, Corruption is destructive and should not be allowed to wreak more havoc.
Magu ,who addressed a press conference ahead of the passing out parade of the detective inspector course 5 in Kaduna said ,Nigeria shall never be corrupted because, EFCC will not give up and surrender to the forces of darkness and greed .
” We are training officers that cannot be intimidated by challenges, discouraged by threats or defeated by any obstacle that may come their way in the course of their career.” He added .
While noting that corruption is a mountain and it can only be broken by prepared men and women of valour and virtues, he said the commission under his watch in the last four years has secured unprecedented number of convictions.
According to him, in 2019 alone, the commission secured 1218 convictions while in 2020, 48 convictions has been secured so far and still counting.
On the issue of assets recovery, the EFCC boss said that the commission has recovered billions of naira, millions of dollars, pounds sterling and other foreign currencies which has been handed over alongside the recovered monies and several forfeited properties to government agencies thereby saving the nation billions of naira in rent.
” The profile of convictions secured is quite heavy and that it include former governors, Captains of industry, former military chiefs, oil subsidy merchants and scores of players in the private sector”.
He stressed that as a commission ,it will not relent in efforts on corruption fight.
Meanwhile, the EFCC boss has hinted that plans are at advance stages to upgrade the EFCC training and research institute Karu, Abuja into a degree awarding Law Enforcement University which promises to be a reference university across Africa.
He reiterated the commitment of the EFCC to its assigned mandate of combatting economic and financial crimes, adding that the Commission is breaking barriers in their investigations, prosecutions and convictions.
On the repatriation of the former Minister of finance, Mrs Aliezon Madueke who is facing corruption charges, Magu said, efforts are being intensified to ensure her repatriation.
” She has been placed on red alert in the Interpol but it seems she is under protective custody in United Kingdom, she has stolen not less than 2.5 billion dollars.
” We will go after all the thieves regardless of their status and political parties” he stressed.