- The acting chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu said investigation of Senator Bukola Saraki for corruption is not personal
- The EFCC boss said they carry out investigation sometimes for up to six months
- Magu blamed corruption for the rise in Boko Haram and banditry
- According to him, the fight against corruption, is not a job for one individual alone
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, May 14, said the ongoing investigation of the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is not personal.
He said this while receiving award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service by Euro Knowledge Group.
The Euro Group Award is a highest recognition for individual achievement and is awarded annually. The award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leaders that have made signiﬁcant contribution and positive impact in their speciﬁc industry.
“No, no, it’s not personal. I am not after anybody. Please, I don’t want you to personalise this. It is not different from other investigations we are doing,” he said.
When asked to comment on the statement by Saraki that he was being witch-hunted, Magu said “never".
He said: You invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt. If you are not corrupt, you are not here.
“We do our homework very well: sometimes we conduct preliminary investigations for up to six months and such persons won’t even know we are investigating them,” Magu said.
He described corruption as “a national disaster and mother of all evils. “If you remove disaster (corruption), you have a peaceful country.”
He said banditry, Boko Haram nuisance and other crimes were “caused by corruption and sustained by corruption. “It is been funded by stolen and laundered funds, that’s why it is being sustained.”
The acting chairman, however, said that if corruption was tackled, banditry and kidnappings would be sorted out. He called on Nigerians and stakeholders to take ownership of the fight against corruption, saying that it was not a job for one individual alone.
Magu, expressed gratitude for the award saying it would spur him to do more in the fight against corruption.
Olayinka Fayomi, chairman, Foreign Investment Network (FIN), who presented the award on behalf of Euro Knowledge, said the award was in recognition of those who had impacted the economy.
“It is also in recognition of those who have impacted the system from which ever sector they are operating from, and the EFCC is one of them. Ever since the period Magu had been acting, there has been a tremendous improvement in the fight against corruption,” she said.
She said that with the award, Magu had become one of the African Change Agents.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saraki had recently come under pressure from the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC had confirmed reports that it had opened a fresh investigation into Saraki’s stewardship as president of the Senate as well as a probe of his earnings as governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011.
In his reaction, Saraki insisted that the action of the EFCC was a witch-hunt.
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Meanwhile, earlier report suggested that five choice properties of Saraki located in high brow Ikoyi area of Lagos have been sealed off by the EFCC over alleged corruption.
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