Magu Charges Nigerians To Take Ownership In Corruption War

Ignatius Igwe  
Updated May 15, 2018
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu

 

The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against corruption.

Magu stated this on Tuesday while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

“I want to appeal to Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against corruption,” he said. “This is the only way we can ensure victory. I assure you that victory shall come.”

The EFCC boss believes that the anti-graft war should not just be left in hands on the government and its agencies alone.

“This fight against corruption is about Nigeria. It should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies to pursue this issue.”

According to Magu, there is no sacred cow in the war against corruption as his agency is beaming its searching to unravel more corrupt cases and pursue the conviction of pending cases.

For instance, in the case against a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ayo Oke is still ongoing with more investigation ongoing on the verge of completion.

He stated further: “The investigation is on and will be concluded very soon. I am telling you there is no sacred cow.”

His comments come seven months after President Muhammadu Buhari relived Oke of his appointment, four years after heading the NIA.

His sack is connected to the EFCC’s discovery of a huge amount of foreign and local currencies in a residential apartment in the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Days after the EFCC made the discovery, the NIA had claimed that the funds belonged to it and that it was meant for a covert operation. Meanwhile, the apartment in which it was found was later discovered to allegedly belong to Mr Oke’s wife.

In suspending both men, the President set up a three-man panel headed by the Vice President, with the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser as members, to investigate the allegations against both men.

Similarly, Magu vowed not to relent in the case of an embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, whose whereabouts still remain unknown.

Maina was declared wanted by EFCC for an alleged N2billion pensions biometric scam in November 2015, a 24-count bothering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

He reportedly disappeared from public glare only to resurface in October 2017, to take charge as an Acting Director in the Ministry of Interior with his return sparking reactions and outrage.