Oil Thieves Will Face ‘Tougher Times’ In 2020, Magu Says

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File photo: Ibrahim Magu

 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu has said that oil thieves in the Niger Delta will find it tough to sabotage Nigeria’s economy through their nefarious acts, stating that the agency will not relent in fighting it.

Mr Magu who was in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital gave the warning during a working visit to Zonal Office of the Commission.

In a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the Anti-graft agency, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said that the EFCC boss warned the illegal oil thieves in the Niger Delta to desist from acts of oil theft and economic sabotage.

“Let me also use this medium to warn all illegal oil bunkers to desist from their nefarious operations.  The EFCC is resolute in its fight against economic sabotage and oil theft.

“The Niger Delta is highly significant to our national economy and the Commission will continue to do all that is lawful and patriotic in ensuring that operators of illegal oil bunkering are brought to book.”

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The EFCC Chairman also paid an inspection visit to the 6th Division, Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, where vehicles forfeited to the Federal Government by illegal oil dealers are being parked.  Magu explained that all the forfeited vehicles belong to the Federal Government and the processes for their auction are still ongoing.

“All the vehicles forfeited belong to the government. The processes are ongoing.  We are following processes stated in the Procurement Act. We are not hiding anything. All the vehicles auctioned are still there.  The auction processes continue until payments and reconciliation are made,” he said.

I Don’t Care Who You Are, If You Are Corrupt I’ll Go After You – The Week In Quotes

 

Here is what was said and who said what in the public sphere within the course of the passing week.

1. I don’t care who you are, if you are corrupt I’ll go after you.”

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, distances himself and the anti-graft agency from political inclination.

2. People say that our population is an asset but we are yet to get there. Nigeria’s population is currently a liability.

According to the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II Nigeria’s huge population which currently stands at about two hundred million is a liability and not an asset.

3. A significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity today is concentrated in the hands of a few people living primarily in 4 or 5 states and the FCT.

President Muhammadu Buhari says a significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity is concentrated in the hands of a few people in the country.

4. There cannot be a decent work without a decent wage. The minimum wage is the floor for decent wages.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) expresses impatience at the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage, stressing that Nigeria’s workplace cannot be decent without a decent wage.

5. Turkey will also continue to fight against DAESH (IS) and will not allow it to return in any shape and form.

Turkey says it will not permit the Islamic State group to return.

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6. The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law.

A US federal judge in New York dismisses President Donald Trump’s efforts to block access to years of his personal and corporate tax returns, saying sitting presidents are not immune from criminal investigations.

7. This is nothing but a budget of taxation. I urge the Senate to look at that fact as it is not a sustainable budget.

The Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the 2020 budget is “nothing but a budget of taxation”, one that is not “sustainable.”

8. Nigeria’s economy has experienced nine consecutive quarters of GDP growth.

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks on Nigeria’s economy and the nation’s growth, during his presentation of the 2020 budget to the National Assembly.

9. Tell Buhari the truth, corruption resides in his presidency.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari should stop blaming the 8th National Assembly for failures encountered in his administration.

10. The sole aim of this practice is to ensure that justice is given in every case before us, no matter how infinitesimal it might be because we are the final court in the land.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad says the Supreme Court of Nigeria is ever ready for any eventuality and is also well prepared to keep the country together as one indivisible entity through effective and efficient justice delivery.

$9.6bn Judgment: We’ll Soon Expose, Prosecute Everybody Involved In Failed Contract – Magu

 

 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the commission will expose and prosecute all those behind a contract whose alleged breach led to the $9.6billion British court judgment against Nigeria.

The court judgment is a fallout of the contract purportedly entered into in July 2010 between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID).

But according to Mr Magu, the company was originally registered as a conduit pipe to siphon public funds.

He said this during an anti-corruption road walk organised by the Kaduna Zonal office of the EFCC on Friday.

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The EFCC boss, however, stated that the commission has gone far in its investigation and will soon expose those behind the contract and the court judgement irrespective of whether they are serving in the present government or had served in the past administrations.

“They have adopted another measure… they want to rob this country. Otherwise, why should someone go from behind and connive with government officials and demand a judgement of $9.6 billion?

“Do you know how much that is? If we want to build a general hospital in every village in Nigeria, that money is enough.

“A very serious investigation is going on and very soon we will expose them all,” he said.

Others who joined the walk include officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and National Youth Service Corps, as part of efforts to foster inter-agency collaboration in the anti-corruption fight.

FBI Bust: EFCC Gathering Data On Indicted Nigerians In US – Magu

 

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has disclosed that the agency is collating comprehensive data on the Nigerians indicted in the recently busted money laundering offences in the United States.

80 suspects, most of whom were Nigerians, were allegedly involved in the crimes investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, in the U.S.

Magu who spoke through the Zonal Head of the Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, during a press conference held at the Commission’s Ibadan office, said the massive data collection was part of the collaborative activities between the EFCC and FBI to ensure that criminal elements are exposed and made to pay for their crimes.

Journalists in attendance at the event were held spellbound when Ebelo took them through the intricate connections between the local Yahoo Boys and their offshore criminal collaborators.

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According to him, the essence of the data mining exercise was to establish any form of relationship the indicted individuals may have with the Nigeria-based crime suspects, and how this could help in furthering the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

He said some of the information earlier collected has led to the arrest of many internet fraudsters, adding that one of the kingpins was nabbed during a recent raid in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The kingpin Ajayi Gbenga Festus, he added, was found to be deeply involved in many internet-related frauds from which he had benefited up to N75 million in the last eight months.

“We were able to establish a number of illicit transactions through his Nigerian bank account amounting to over N223 million. Ajayi serves as a conduit pipe through which proceeds of crime reach members of the syndicate,” he stated.

Ebelo also disclosed that in the course of the year, the zone has arrested 263 suspects for cybercrimes among whom 111 were convicted.

Apart from the landed properties, vehicles, laptops and other valuables forfeited on the order of a court, huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies traced to internet fraud were also recovered.

EFCC To Saraki: No Media Campaign Against Magu Will Stop Your Prosecution

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that no amount of media campaign against Ibrahim Magu, its acting chairman, will stop the prosecution of former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. 

This is according to a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade.

In his communique, Mr. Orilade alleged that Dr. Saraki is carrying out a smear campaign against its boss, this he said while making reference to a statement allegedly made by Dr. Saraki and published in some media outlets.

The EFCC spokesman alleged that Saraki made a false claim against Magu, noting, however, that the agency will not be distracted by Saraki’s claims, adding that ongoing investigation against former Senate President and other Politically-exposed Persons (PeP) remain on course.

Below is a full statement by the anti-graft agency.

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to the false claim made by the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who in the face of ongoing investigation against him here in Nigeria, seems to have chosen outside the shores of Nigeria as the launch pad of his campaign of calumny against the EFCC and its leadership.

We wish to state without any contradiction that the ongoing investigation against former Senate President and other Politically-exposed Persons (PeP) are on course while Saraki and his co-travellers will surely have their day in court shortly.

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Particularly, of reference is the report published in the Punch Newspaper of Sunday, June 30, 2019 titled, “Magu begged me to help his confirmation by the Senate, Saraki tells CJ Kafarati”, in which Saraki deviously chose to divert attention from the weighty allegations of financial fraud trailing his eight years stewardship in Kwara State and leadership of the Senate.

Instead, he is coming up with mendacious reasons on why the Chief Judge of Federal High Court should ignore the request of the EFCC, seeking the transfer of its cases from Justice Taiwo Taiwo who curiously granted ex-parte order to restrain the Commission from performing its statutory duties.

Incidentally, the EFCC has filed a detailed response against the judge’s restraining order and took up issues over the controversial interim order.

While waiting for the careful response of the CJ over the Commission’s request, we wish to advise ex-Senate President to carry his cross and allow the judiciary to performs its constitutional role.

It is preposterous for the ex-Senate President to be raising issues on what transpired during the confirmation of EFCC boss in 2016 when he is no longer in charge of the Senate in 2019.

It is too late for him in the day, to be claiming innocence over the confirmation saga when every Nigerian knew what transpired under his watch.

The Commission under Magu has moved on and will not be distracted over the mundane issue.

Let it be stated in unequivocal terms that the investigation of Saraki’s stewardship, whether as a former Senate President or as a former governor of Kwara State, has absolutely nothing to do with the non-confirmation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.

While the EFCC will not allow itself to be drawn by Saraki to take up issues with him on the pages of newspapers, it is pertinent to once again state in clear terms that the probes being carried out by the EFCC are nothing personal, but all about enthroning probity in governance, and letting leaders know that even out of office, they will be held accountable for their stewardship.

Again, it is worth reminding Saraki that he has no need to be scared of the EFCC and its leadership as long as he believes he has a clear conscience.

He should, therefore, rather than running from pillar to post, allow the law to take its course.”

Fresh Probe: You Are Not Above The Law, EFCC Tells Saraki

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said Senate President Bukola Saraki is not above the law.

EFCC’s statement comes on the heels of statements that a fresh probe against the Senate President is a “witch-hunt”.

In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC said it has taken note of the reactions of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to the Commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara State governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate.

The anti-graft agency noted that while it is Saraki’s prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.

Furthermore, the agency said it finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie its inquest to his International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, because the background to its current inquiries spans several years back.

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According to the EFCC’s statement, the anti-graft body said it is the agency’s mandate to probe and ensure accountability continues to exist in the governance space.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.

The statement partly reads,”It is in the interest of the public, and for Saraki’s personal good, that he is not only above board, but be seen at all times to be so.

“Indeed, all the instances in which the EFCC have had cause to sleuth into his financial activities either as a former governor or President of the Senate were driven by overarching public interest and due process of the law.

“Against the background of the posse of indicting petitions and other evidence available to the EFCC, even Saraki will agree with the Commission that putting him through a legitimate forensic inquiry is the legitimate route to establish his integrity as a public servant.

“The distinguished Senate President has no need to fret so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.

“The Commission has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption and corrupt elements and restates its unflinching resolve to achieve these, no matter whose ox is gored”.

Magu’s Confirmation: The Executive Has Right To Lobby Or Send Fresh Nominee, Says Saraki

 

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that the executive has the right to lobby for the confirmation of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu or send a fresh nominee to the Senate.

He explained that the executive can present a new nominee or deploy a political solution namely lobbying the Senate for its preferred candidate in a situation where the candidate has been rejected.

The Senate President made these remarks on Monday at the induction of incoming lawmakers-elect, in response to a question from an incoming lawmaker on the impasse regarding the confirmation of the acting EFCC chairman.

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He further stated that the Upper Chamber has the constitutional powers to confirm or reject a ministerial nominee which he says is written in the constitution.

The Senate had earlier rejected the nomination of Mr Magu as EFCC Chairman three times on the basis of a report by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The situation has led Mr Magu to be in an acting capacity as EFCC Chairman for nearly three years.

Magu Charges Nigerians To Take Ownership In Corruption War

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.

Magu Wants African Leaders To Support Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu on Monday said it is important that African leaders support Nigeria’s President in his war against corruption.

On July 4, 2017, African leaders unanimously endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent. The endorsement took place during the 29th Session of the AU and was in recognition of his personal commitment and acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level.

President Buhari accepted his nomination on July 25, 2017, in a letter to President Alpha Conde of Guinea, the outgoing AU Chairperson.

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Mr Magu at the ongoing 30th AU summit in Addis Ababa told journalists that African leaders must therefore support President Buhari in his task as the champion of AU’s fight against corruption for successful anti-corruption war.

The head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency said further that the political will is the driving force of fight against corruption and that the agency is committed to continue its fight despite the many challenges.

Buhari on Friday, January 26 left Abuja for Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

On Sunday, January 28, he said in Addis Ababa that corruption is one of the greatest evils of our time.

This was during the formal launching of the African Anti-Corruption Year 2018 and the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital.

“Corruption is indeed one of the greatest evils of our time. Corruption rewards those who do not play by the rules and also creates a system of distortion and diversion thereby destroying all efforts at constructive, just and fair governance,” Buhari said.

The AU Summit is themed “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders.

Anti-Corruption War Not Targeted At Anybody, Says Magu

The Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has appealed to Nigerians to help the commission in its bid to rid the country of corruption.

Magu who was speaking at the convocation ceremony of the Fountain University in Osogbo, the Osun state capital re-affirmed that the anti-graft war is not targeted at any person rather it is a holistic fight to rid the nation of the endemic corruption.

The EFCC boss who was represented by his Chief of Staff explained that the arrest and prosecution of any individual for economic and financial crimes are oblivious to their region, religion and ethnic identity.

“Indeed corruption could have killed Nigeria if the rate at which corruption was festering then had not been checked. Take, for instance, the money stolen by just 55 people between 2006-2013 is well over 1.3 trillion naira.

“One-third of these monies using world bank rates and coat could have comfortably been used to construct 635.15 km of roads, built 183 schools: educate 3974 children from primary to tertiary level at N25.24 million naira per child: built 20,062 units of 2 bedroom house across the country and do even more.

“The cost of these grand thefts, therefore, is that, these roads, schools and houses will never be built and these children will never have access to quality education because a few rapacious individuals had cornered for themselves what would have helped secure the lubes of future generations, depriving them of quality education and healthcare, among others, “he said.

He stressed that Nigerians need to join hands with the commission and see the fight as the responsibility of all considering the hazards and effect corruption has had on the nation’s growth.

Commending the current leadership of the judiciary for constituting special courts to try corruption cases , the EFCC boss says it is a revolutionary act that will help speed up cases that hitherto had been very slow.

Court To Hear Maina’s Suit Against EFCC On January 15

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna state will on January 15, 2018, hear a suit brought before it by the embattled former chairman of the pension reform task team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, seeking to quash the EFCC act of 2004, on the premise that the act is illegal and a nullity.

He is also asking the court to restrain the commission or any other security agency from arresting him over allegations of corruption.

Maina went to court after he was declared wanted by the EFCC for allegedly diverting recovered pension funds while serving as chairman of the pension reform task team.

Listed among the four respondents in the suit are – the EFCC, the AGF, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, counsel to the AGF, however, filed a preliminary objection arguing that the Federal High Court in Kaduna lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

This according to him, was on grounds that the plaintiff had filed the same suit at a court of the same jurisdiction in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Gunmen Attack Magu’s Farm House, Kill One

EFCC boss, Magu

Gunmen on Tuesday were said to have invaded a farmhouse belonging to the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

The anti-graft agency which confirmed the incident also noted that a policeman was killed in the process.

The gunmen were said to have opened fire on the security personnel after storming the house located in the Karshi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja killing the police sergeant.

It was also gathered that this is the second of such attacks on the facility.

The incident comes barely two days after the EFCC acting chairman led public demonstrations across the country against corruption, to mark the anti-corruption day.

Mr Magu had at various times insisted that he would not give up in the fight despite attempts targeted at frustrating his efforts.