The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has recorded much success in the fight against cyber crimes and other corrupt practices across the country.
The Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu who disclosed this in Makurdi, Monday said several court convictions of fraudsters, and arrest of yahoo boys and other related criminals were some of the feat achieved by the commission recently.
Magu was in the Commission’s Makurdi Zonal Office Monday on a sensitization visit, and to mobilize indigenes against corruption.
He said the fight against corruption was beyond political, social or tribal biases adding, the last two governors indicted by the commission for corrupt purposes were all members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
“There is no political inclination. You can’t turn me round. If you are corrupt, we go after you and we usually conduct preliminary investigation before you are invited and if you are invited, it means there is something.”
He noted that the era where political bigwigs fly abroad for luxurious parties was over, adding that “these days, it no longer happens. They no longer attend flashy parties especially when they travel abroad. I think the fear of EFCC is the factor.”
Magu admitted that corruption was still on the increase despite tireless efforts of the commission.
He, however, said it was no longer business as it used to be, noting that the EFCC was not deterred as conscious efforts to fight against the menace were in place.
Speaking on the establishment of a Zonal office in Benue in December, 2018, Magu said the desire to mobilize everybody to be part of the fight against corruption informed their decision.
“We wanted our services to reach out to everyone especially those at the grassroots. Corruption has eaten deep into our country. It is like the rain that is beating every body. So we must take everybody along and we cannot do it alone.”
The Chairman therefore, solicited support and cooperation of every indigene of Benue state to fight the menace, while reiterating his vow to go after corrupt officials no matter how highly placed.
Magu also challenged the media to partner the commission in the fight against corruption.
“You must also realize that you have a responsibility in the fight against corruption. As journalists you are corruption hunters and for us to succeed you must be partners as investigators.”
He also disclosed that whistle blowing was still ongoing as it was working. “Whistle blowing is working and we are paying. What causes the delay in paying is that sometimes, we have to go through the rudiments of court. It takes time and it has to be completed before we can pay,” he added.