N1.3trn stolen in 4 years by 32 entities - Magu

N1.3trn stolen in 4 years by 32 entities - Magu

- The EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has said over N1.3trn was stolen by entities in 4 years in Nigeria

- Magu said the money was stolen between 2011 and 2015

- The EFCC boss, however, lamented that the stolen money was a huge financial loss to the country

Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that over N1.3 trillion has been stolen by 32 entities between 2011 and 2015.

Legit.ng reports that Magu disclosed this at an event held in Lagos, on Monday, March 25, according to a statement by the commission’s acting head, media and publicity, Tony Orilade.

The event was the 2019 first batch conversion training programme to procurement cadre for federal parastatals and agencies. It was organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

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Magu, who was represented by the commission’s secretary, Ola Olukoyede, decried that this was a huge financial loss to the country.

He said: “One third of this money, using world bank rates and cost, could have comfortably been used to construct well over 500 kilometre of roads.

“Build close to 200 schools; educate about 4, 000 children from primary to tertiary levels at N25 million per child; build 20, 000 units of two-bedroom houses across the country and do even more.

“The cost of this grand theft, therefore, is that these roads, schools and houses will never be built and these children will never have access to quality education.

“This is because a few rapacious individuals have cornered for themselves what would have helped secure the lives of the future generations thereby depriving them of quality education and healthcare, among others.”

He said that the poor state of procurement process in Nigeria was one of the major reasons corruption had continued to thrive in government agencies and parastatals.

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Magu identified some of the fraudulent practices in procurement processes to include kickbacks, conflict of interests, fraud in the bidding process, bid suppression among others.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the EFCC on Sunday, March 24, declared the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke, wanted in connection with the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by the EFCC from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.

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