The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says all government agencies tasked to fight corruption must work in greater synergy for the benefit of all Nigerians.
The anti-corruption czar said this at a time when division among sister agencies has come into full public view.
This follows the rejection of his nomination as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC by the Nigerian Senate, on the basis of an indicting report from the Department of State Services.
Speaking at an anti-corruption summit hosted by Commission, Mr Magu tasked all stakeholders on collaboration.
On his part, the House Committee Chairman on Anti-corruption, Honourable Kayode Oladele, said political culture must be checked.
While a senior advocate, Mike Ozekhome, alleges official hypocrisy, former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, says behaviour tolerated by Nigerians is behaviour approved by the citizens.
The summit, themed ‘Building an Anti-Corruption Consensus in an Inter-Agency Environment’, took place on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes says it will work towards providing enough funds for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to enable the commission carry out its fight against corruption.
The Chairman of the Committee, Kayode Oladele, made this clear after the lawmakers visited the EFCC’s permanent site in Abuja on Wednesday.
Honourable Oladele said the National Assembly was ready to support the agency in any way they could.
The anti-graft war had heightened in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office in May, with the EFCC going after top government officials and government agencies’ bosses, in an attempt to recover stolen funds.
The President during his campaign said it was time to ‘kill corruption before it kills Nigeria’.
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the commission’s conviction rate in 2014 is above the combined efforts of the Police and other anti-graft agencies in Nigeria.
He reeled out the anti-graft agencies achievements when he led a management team of the commission to meet with the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes.
Speaking on the ongoing prosecution of suspects in the arms scandal, Magu said the commission had achieved a lot as regards convictions.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, said it was extremely saddening to discover the outright stealing being uncovered in Nigeria.
He said the committee was looking forward to helping the EFCC realise President Buhari administration’s fight against corruption.
Honourable Oladele assured the commission of the committee’s support and readiness to amend the EFCC Act for better performance in the fight against corruption.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the problem of corruption in Nigeria outmatches its limited resources.
The anti-graft agency said it would seek the support of the international community to be able to meet up with the anti-corruption fight demand.
In a meeting with the Norwegian Anti-corruption Network called ‘Corruption Hunters Network’ in Abuja on Saturday, the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, sought international support, stressing that the commission is making efforts to ensure that it meets up with the mandate of setting it up.
“The only way to meet up with the mandate for setting up the agency in the face of limited resources is to seek the support of the international communities in the area of capacity building,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman House Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, who represented the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the meeting promised to give legislative back-up to the anti-corruption crusade.