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I have been tirelessly fighting corruption within EFCC… Ibrahim Magu

EFCC Ag. Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahhim Magu says the commission has been battling with bad eggs within its fold who have been scuttling the fight against corruption.

Magu, who spoke to journalists shortly after a town hall meeting with stakeholders at the North-East zonal office of EFCC in Gombe, said some of the staff found wanting on corruption charges are already being investigated and prosecuted,while some are already serving jail terms.
According to him, “a lot of issues were raised that there is corruption in the EFCC. I agree, but we are also doing a lot of things just like the way we are fighting corruption outside the EFCC, we also have a machinery in place in the EFCC. We call it internal affairs for fighting corruption right inside the EFCC and outside the EFCC”.
He said the fight against corruption should not be left to President Muhammaadu Buhari or the EFCC alone but that all Nigerians should take the responsibility of fighting corruption together.
In his words, “I have realized that the most effective strategy in fighting corruption is to mobilize everybody on board, let every body join hands in the fight against corruption because we are all affected by the evil of corruption”.
He said the town hall meeting was aimed at assessing the performance of the commission and making corrections where necessary. “Any time I visit my zonal offices, I insist that people should be brought around and they should assess us, tell us the truth and we see how we can correct it”, he stressed.
Issues raised among many others during the interactive session, bothered on complaints and interventions on money politics with some pointing out that huge sums of money are spent for the buying of the votes of delegates. Some also asked for the intervention of the anti-graft agency to increase minimum wage to curb corruption. There were also questions on how the recovered loot was being applied and requests that there should be more enlightenment on the activities of the commission.
There were allegations of corruption within the organization, the persecution of those in opposition as well as the investigation of electricity distribution companies concerning high tariff, low tempo of the whistle blowing policy and abandoned projects by Governments and contractors, all which issues the EFCC boss answered to the satisfaction of those present.

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