Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, had on Thursday April 27, 2017, revealed that about N17 billion has been recovered by the anti-graft following the introduction of the whistleblower policy by the federal government.
In a presentation given by Magu, entitled, “Before Corruption Kills Nigeria”, at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) 62nd Award Night, which took place at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja.
The presentation was relayed on behalf the Magu by Dr. A. Bello, and he said: “apart from several other recoveries running into several billions of naira, the recent whistle-blower policy, has led to the recovery of N521,815,000, $53,272,747, £122,890, and €547,730 by the EFCC.”
While affirming the EFCC’s commitment to fight corruption, beckon on the media to support the ongoing war against corruption as that was the only way of winning the war.
In Magu’s words: “the EFCC is committed to pursuing its statutory mandate and to rescue the Nigerian state and its people from being killed by corruption.
“We call on the Media and well meaning Nigerians to join us in this crusade. With the government and people of Nigeria behind the EFCC, we shall surely be victorious.”
Magu further disclosed that the EFCC had recorded 62 convictions in the first quarter of the 2017.
While giving his remarks, the NUJ national president, Abdulwaheed Odusile, pledged that the Union support the anti-graft agency in combating corruption in all ways in Nigeria and also commended the commission for not backing down.
He admonished the commission to continuously carry out its operation without fear or favour.
“While we commend the EFCC for its efforts in fighting economic crimes and corruption, we urge it to be diligent and painstaking in its assignment, and continue to operate without fear or favour.
The media will continue to support their efforts in this regard”, Odusile pledges support to EFCC.
The Odusile also reacted to the rejection of Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC by the Senate, condemning the act and asked for synergy between the legislative and the executive of the government in the interest of the nation.
Odusile said: “We condemn the undue politicization of the confirmation of the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the EFCC by the National Assembly.
“We call on the executive and the legislature to work together in the interest of the Nigeria people.
“The cat and mouse game in their relationship is adversely affecting the state of the nation and the welfare of the people.”