Efcc Will Rescue Nigeria From Being Killed By Corruption – Magu
BEVERLY HILLS, April 28, (THEWILL) – Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has declared that the anti-graft agency is committed to rescuing Nigeria from being wiped out by corruption.
Magu said this while presenting a paper titled, 'Before Corruption Kills Nigeria', at the 62nd award night of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja.
Presented on his behalf by A Bello, Magu gave account of the monies recovered by the EFCC through tip-offs from whistle-blowers as he called on the media to support the ongoing fight against corruption because that was the only way the battle could be won.
“Apart from several other recoveries running into several billions of naira, the recent whistle-blower policy, has led to the recovery of N521,815,000, $53,272,747, £122,890, and €547,730 by the EFCC,” he said.
“The EFCC is committed to pursuing its statutory mandate and to rescue the Nigerian state and its people from being killed by corruption.
“We call on the media and well-meaning Nigerians to join us in this crusade. With the government and people of Nigeria behind the EFCC, we shall surely be victorious.”
He also said that the EFCC recorded 62 convictions in the first quarter of the year.
Meanwhile, the NUJ President, Abdulwaheed Odusile, in his remarks, pledged the union's support for the EFCC and condemned the rejection of Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC by the senate and called for synergy between the legislature and the executive in the interest of the nation.
“While we commend the EFCC for its efforts in fighting economic crimes and corruption, we urge it to be diligent and painstaking in its assignment, and continue to operate without fear or favour. The media will continue to support their efforts in this regard,” Odusile pledged.
“We condemn the undue politicisation of the confirmation of the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the EFCC by the national assembly. We call on the executive and the legislature to work together in the interest of the Nigeria people.
“The cat and mouse game in their relationship is adversely affecting the state of the nation and the welfare of the people.”