- President Muhammadu Buhari has raised concerns over the reported cases of corruption in the EFCC and the NDDC
- Buhari said there has been an abuse of office by people in both previous and present administration
- The president said all past and present cases of corruption will be fully investigated
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the reported cases of corruption in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) occurred because his appointees abused the trust placed in them.
The Nigerian president made the statement on Friday, July 31, after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members in Abuja, Vanguard reported.
“There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by the previous administration and this administration,” he said.
The president stated that all past and present cases of corruption will be fully investigated.
He complained about the NDDC’s wastage of the resources earmarked for improving the lives of the people in the Niger Delta region.
Buhari said despite the 13% derivation enjoyed by states in the Niger Delta region, corruption has hampered the development of the region.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman EFCC has challenged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami to produce evidence of the allegations against him.
The embattled EFCC boss, while appearing at the Presidential Investigation Panel in Abuja, refuted corruption allegations leveled against him by Malami who is also the minister of justice.
Magu in a 26-page statement of defense insisted that the petition against him is false and untrue, adding that it is targeted at destroying his hard-earned reputation as an incorruptible officer, Daily Trust reports.
According to Magu, the anti-graft agency's structure on the recovery of assets would not allow any form of mismanagement.
He went on to note that recovered funds were transferred via bank drafts to recovery accounts domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under his watch.
In another report, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has called on President Buhari to heed the Nigerian Senate's advise to sack the management of the NDDC.
The Nigerian Senate had on Thursday, July 23, asked the president to, as a matter of urgency, sack the Professor Kemebradikuom Pondei-led interim Management Committee of the NDDC over alleged financial recklessness.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for a new board of the NDDC to be constituted and the interventionist agency returned under the supervision of the presidency.