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EFCC will go after more corrupt judges, says Magu

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EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu

EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu

• Woos labour in anti-graft crusade

To sustain the campaign against corruption in the judiciary, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday it would continue to monitor all the judges and other judicial officers .

The Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said that despite the controversies that trailed the arrest of some judges over alleged graft, the commission would not be deterred from prosecuting corrupt judicial officers.

Magu who spoke in Kaduna yesterday when he paid an official visit to Textile Labour House to seek the support of the union in the fight against corruption said that the country should not serve as a hiding place for any corrupt public or private individual, no matter how highly placed in the society. “We are also investigating the judges in the country. Most of them are happy being investigated by the Department of State Services (DSS) ,” he told journalists.

When asked why the searchlight of the EFCC was mostly beamed on members of the opposition in the country, Magu said: “As a matter of fact, this is not true. We go after everybody. Show me anybody that is involved in a wrongdoing that we have not gone after. Honestly, I am not that kind of person. We go after anybody who has wronged the nation by way of corrupt practices. The interest of this country is above any individual interest.”

On a petition against the former governor of Rivers State who is now the Minister of Transportation under the current administration, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, the EFCC boss insisted: “We go after anybody. When we conduct an investigation for sometime against anybody, you wouldn’t know. We get all the necessary documents and do all necessary analysis before getting hold of the person.”

According to him, “Corruption is a crime against humanity, one of the strategies in fighting corruption in the country is deliberately structured to build confidence and boost the economy and as a result attract investors.

“We cannot claim to have the monopoly of fighting corruption in the country. The menace affects everybody either directly or indirectly. We are all stakeholders and that is why we go to all the places to combat corruption.

That is why I came here to appeal to labour to join hands with us in fighting corruption.

“The president is leading the way and we cannot relent in doing so. I am telling you that there is hope for
this country if things can be done properly.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chieftain and Secretary General of Textile Workers Union, Issa Aremu said: “The organised labour has agreed with the remarks Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo gave at the recently held conference on corruption, that it is a crime against humanity, calling for the consensus of all Nigerians and their friends to identify and fight the menace.”



6 Comments
  • seb

    Hounding opposition cannot be said to be fighting corruption. In fact it’s corruption to only face only those in opposition party. You are just deceiving yourself to say you are fighting corruption when once one jumps into the the ruling party camp he’s no longer under the Searchlight of EFCC. Under OBJ he was fighting all and sundry whether in the mainstream or opposition.

    • absam777

      Is Saraki a member of the opposition? Or need i name more opposition that are being investigated or prosecuted for CORRUPTION? Think before you make your partisan accusation

  • Babalakin

    EFCC, please give us just one high profile case conviction, just one. All these your court cases without conclusion just speaks that you are a lam duck and that you will finally do the country no good.

    • Hah!

      I don’t think so brother. EFCC does not convict an accused. Rather it a court of records that convict. and see how some of the learned Judges scandalized themselves and the profession. The current EFCC is certainly NOT a lame duck.

    • yinka

      You should have directed that question to the Judicial Branch of the Government. How many high profile corruption case have they delivered any judgment. All they do collect bribes from the accusers and postpone their case indefinitely unless all the witness can not found anymore. FYI, EFCC is a law enforcement agency like NPF. Half education is worst than none because an illiterate understand difference between Adajo and olopa.

  • Abraham Inosezilo Obode

    I think its high time the media begin to go after the families, neighborhood, workplace/business, friends and communities where these criminals stay and hang out just like its done in CNN, BBc, etc. For crying out loud these persons live among us!!!!!!. Whether they prefer the name kidnappers or robbers or looters, militants, terrorists or any other stupid name they hang on their necks as neck less under their white garment clothes, I see them all as the same.
    What I mean by this is that the press would conduct interviews on those around the criminals. In this way, the life surrounding the persons would be exposed to the public and when family members and friends suspect their persons involving in any dirty deals, such person would be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities to avoid that media embarrassment and exposures.
    Now I know my views would meet neck/jaw breaking criticisms as it is typical with our Nigerian reactions to issues but until we have a holistic approach to this monster and not ready to leave corruption and criminality in the country, there would be no head way