The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Ibrahim Magu, has cried out that with the current tempo, the war against corruption has already been lost.
Magu sounded the alarm yesterday, Wednesday, August 32, in Abuja during an interactive session with newsmen. He also disclosed the achievements of the commission and how much looted funds it had recovered over time.
He said –
“The way we are going we have already failed. I am telling you we have almost failed. It is almost lost. The battle against corruption is not only evil, it is a poison.
Between January and August 30, 2017, the EFCC recovered N409,270,706,686.75; $69,501,156.67; 231,118.69 Pounds; 610,816.20 Euros; Dirham 443,400.00 and 70,500.00 Saudi Riyal.
Over a month ago, the commission recovered over N329billion from a group of oil marketers for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
In the area of prosecution of cases in court, we are also making progress despite the antics of some persons accused of grand corruption to delay trial.
From what we read in the papers these days, it is either somebody is fighting Magu or Magu is fighting other people.
But seriously speaking, instead of fighting ourselves, we should be united in fighting the common enemy, which is corruption.
I am not after anybody and have no issues with anybody. Those who think they have issues with me will soon discover that I mean no harm.
What drives me is the passion to do what is right by ensuring that we fight corruption to a standstill in this country.”