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Governors Fuel Insecurity To Raise Security Votes — Magu


The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday hit at state governors, saying that some of them deliberately fuelled insecurity in their states just to collect more money as security vote.

He noted that some of the governors “now covertly promote insecurity as justification to inflate their security vote.”

Magu also alleged that there was a link between corruption, banditry and terrorism.

He spoke in Abuja at the induction programme for returning and newly-elected state governors held at the Presidential Villa.

His allegations were contained in a paper, titled,  “Imperative of Fighting Corruption/Terrorism Financing in Nigeria,” which he presented during the programme.

Magu told the session that a debate on the legality of the security vote enjoyed by the governors was ongoing but he chose to refrain from joining the fray.

He said, “We have also seen evidence of theft of public resources by some state governors –  cashing in on the insecurity in their states.

“Insecurity has also offered the required oxygen for corruption to thrive as evident in the $2.1bn arms procurement scandal involving top military commanders both serving and retired.”

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