Appearing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has shrugged off allegations that he’s on a private vendetta towards Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Magu mentioned there may be nothing private in EFCC’s recent investigation of the senate president, and confused that the Fee can examine anyone, at any time.
The EFCC boss spoke shortly after he obtained an award of ‘Excellent Management in Public Service,’ from Euro Information Group.
The Fee just lately launched an investigation into Saraki’s earnings, throughout his eight years tenure as governor of Kwara State, in addition to contract awards and spendings by the senate, underneath his management.
Saraki’s spokesman, Yusuf Olaniyonu had claimed the recent investigation of his boss by EFCC was a witch-hunt.
Mentioned Olaniyonu: “This new investigation into his actions as governor of Kwara state is a repeat efficiency. The EFCC is fishing for proof that they didn’t get previously investigations which has spanned nearly 9 years.
“To single out one particular person for persistent investigation can solely be logically and plausibly interpreted to be a witch-hunt.
“That is positively no struggle towards corruption. It’s a battle waged towards a ‘political enemy.’ It’s a ‘label to break’ plot.”
Regardless, Magu reiterated there may be nothing private within the recent investigation towards Saraki.
He mentioned: “It’s not private; it isn’t private. I’m not after anyone on private floor. His shouldn’t be totally different from different investigations that we’re doing.”
Past Saraki, Magu denied recurring allegation that he’s on a witch-hunt towards some people.
“No, no, by no means, by no means. Have I gone for individuals who are harmless?
“We invite those that have dedicated monetary crimes, those that are corrupt.
“If you’re not corrupt, you aren’t in EFCC. If you’re not a 419, Web fraudster or Yahoo boy, you can’t be in EFCC.
“We do our homework very effectively. Typically, we conduct investigation as much as six months on a selected matter. The individual is not going to even know that she or he is being investigated.
“We’ve investigated individuals for greater than 5 years with out them understanding. I’ve no motive witch-hunt anyone.”
He described corruption as a nationwide malaise that must be collectively fought by Nigerians.
The EFCC boss added that “corruption is a nationwide catastrophe which each and every Nigerian ought to struggle. It’s the mom of all evils.
“All these banditry, Boko Haram insurgency and different social ills are rooted in corruption. They’re sustained by corruption.”
On the award, he mentioned it was encouraging to obtain such honour from a reputable organisation.
“It’s encouraging, I welcome such award. We do background examine earlier than accepting any award.
“We’re able to work with those that present real willingness to affix within the struggle towards corruption.
“We’re mobilising each Nigerian to return and be part of us within the struggle towards corruption,” mentioned Magu.
He regretted that some individuals had been but to see corruption as an evil that should be tackled headlong.
The EFCC boss emphasised that there’s pressing want to affix forces towards bribe-taking, at the same time as he known as for elevated marketing campaign towards corruption in any respect ranges.
In her speech, Chairman of the group, Mrs. Olayinka Fayomi, described corruption as an issue that should be fought and addressed.
She really helpful that the marketing campaign towards corruption should be taken to all age teams, museum and centres.