- Ibrahim Magu said the EFCC has been able to secure more than 1,000 convictions since 2015
- The EFCC acting chairman said corruption was also fueling terrorism in the country
- Magu said the commission arrested those involved in vote-buying during the election
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has identified corruption as one of the ingredients encouraging terrorism in the country.
According to Premium Times, Magu said this at a one-day National Democracy Day anti-corruption summit organised by the EFCC in Abuja on Tuesday, June 11.
Magu also noted that since 2015, the commission has secured an estimated 1,204 convictions.
In attendance were guests from the diplomatic community and government, including the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; U.S ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington; head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen; Nigerian state governors and some of their predecessors.
Magu said: “The convictions secured by the commission since the beginning of this administration reflect a positive progression. In 2015 the commission secured 103 convictions, 194 in 2016, 189 in 2017 and 312 in 2018. From January 2019 to date the commission has secured over 406 convictions and recovered several assets worth billions of Naira.
He also noted that “corruption does not just affect the economy of the country but encourages terrorism”.
The EFCC chairman also said the commission monitored the 2019 election and arrested individuals involved in vote-buying.
He said: “Electoral spending by politicians is often linked to voter inducement in Africa and in our local parlance, “votes buying”. Worthy of note is the fact that one is induced to sell his vote.
”He automatically loses the moral equilibrium to challenge corrupt tendencies of those elected. On the other hand, vote-selling by the electorate has mostly been due to several factors, including lack of proper political education.
”Political parties often induce voters with money because they lack appropriate and realistic policies to convince the electorate to vote them into power, thus breeding multi-dimensional adverse effects on good governance and creating gaps for corruption to thrive.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, in the fight against corruption.
Magufuli who has been the head of the Tanzanian government since 2015, kick-started his government by imposing measures to curb government spending by barring unnecessary foreign travel by government officials, using cheaper vehicles and board rooms for transport and meetings respectively.
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