More influential Nigerians would soon be arrested to face prosecution over corruption. – EFCC boss [above]
Magu and his visitors on Wednesday
The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, said that more influential Nigerians would soon be arrested to face prosecution.
Mr. Magu said the EFCC under him has reinvigorated the fight against corruption in Nigeria. He made the disclosure during a forum with online and broadcast media managers, in Abuja.
He said that since his appointment as acting chairman of the EFCC, he had undertaken the re-ordering of the agency’s priorities for effective implementation of its mandate.
According to him, “more influential Nigerians are on the radar of the EFCC and, in the coming weeks, they would have their days in court and Nigerians will be kept fully abreast of the results of the Commission’s investigations”.
Mr. Magu stated that the essence of the meeting was to solicit media support and understanding to deepen the fight against fraud, corruption and economic crimes. He asked for advice and suggestions in effectively propagating the war against graft.
“Apart from bringing corrupt public officers to justice, we are determined, in line with the stance of the current administration, to send an unmistakable message to everyone, that no Nigerian shall be regarded as being above the law or treated as a sacred cow as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.
“The EFCC needs you; Nigeria needs your critical support if we are to make any headway in this important campaign against corruption.
“My plea for your support is underscored by my understanding that the forces which we are battling are powerful and some of them may want to use all platforms of the media to distract and derail us.
“If and when they come to you, please allow the ethics of your profession, your conscience and overriding national interest to be your guide”, Magu said.
The EFCC boss explained that he has re-ordered the priorities of the EFCC and he finds inspiration in the unbending will of the President to fight corruption.
He added that the judiciary has responded with some practical steps in the form of the designation of selected courts to try EFCC cases.
When asked about the perceived unbalance nature of the arrests made so far, Magu responded by saying “Such accusations have come up a lot, but we work with petitions before us. In fact, I am eager and waiting for something from the other side, but nothing has come so far,” he said.
The managing editor of PREMIUM TIMES, Musikilu Mojeed, who was at the meeting, spoke on behalf of the President of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, Malachy Agbo.
He said the group is fully committed to the ongoing fight against corruption and pledged the support of members to the EFCC.
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