…Francesca Iwambe- Abuja
…Says EFCC recovers N527.6m, $53.2m, £21.2m,€547,730
…Calls for collaborative efforts amongst Nigerians to curb menace
Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that the Federal Government whistle-blowing policy has remained a potent weapon in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Magu who spoke while delivering a key note address at the Unveiling of Corruption Anonymous, the Civil Society Whistleblower Support Initiative of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) in Abuja, maintained that the policy has remained one of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s vital tool to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.
Outlining the success recorded so far since the implementation of the policy by the APC led government, Magu disclosed that the commission has through the help of the policy recovered N527, 643,500; $53,222,747; GBP 21,222,890 and Euro 547,730. “Through, this window,we have received hundreds of actionable tips that led to the following cash recoveries: N527, 643,500; $53,222,747; GBP 21,222,890 and Euro 547,730” Magu said.
While calling for collaborative efforts amongst Nigerians through information sharing to defeat the evil of corruption in Nigeria, the EFCC boss maintained that the success recorded so far would not have been possible without the assistance of Nigerians. “Through this window, we have seen many Nigerians whose motivation was not just to benefit from the recoveries as promised by the federal government, but the satisfaction of having to see that what was ill-gotten has been recovered for the good of all. “Those in this category were motivated by their sense of justice and overriding national interest, not the financial reward.
We urge more Nigerians to borrow a leaf from these patriotic individuals. “We at EFCC believe that we do not have a monopoly of knowledge. We cannot fight corruption alone. We need every Nigerian to come on board because the negative effect of corruption does not discriminate against ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. “We need citizens to actively participate in the fight against corruption through volunteering information. Our singsong should be ‘see something; say something’.
We have no choice because as the president once reminded us, corruption is Nigeria’s number one enemy and if we don’t kill it, it will kill us,” Magu said.