Nigerians should be rest assured that those who milked the nation’s treasury dry would be brought to justice, says Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to him, corruption is an attack on Nigeria and a deliberate and calculated wickedness against the nation’s existence, adding that anyone found guilty will go to jail this year.
Magu’s remark comes on the heels of a visit to The Nation Headquarters in Lagos, where he admitted that the rate of convictions in corruption cases is low.
Promising to turn things around, Magu said he will discharge his responsibility “with the fear of God, in the national interest, and strictly observing the rule of law.”
He said: “We need more support; it is about Nigeria, not an individual, the fight is for everybody, from the media we have to go to the grassroots, we will take it to children in the schools; we have to tell the children that corruption is bad, tell them why there is no chair in the classroom.
“We will sensitise everybody to the evil of corruption. We need to let people know that corruption is bad because some people don’t seem to know.
“The impunity is too much. Sometimes I shed tears in the morning before I go to the office. It is just unbelievable; the rot is terrible. What I am saying is that people who know they have stolen our commonwealth should bring it back.
“People arrogate things to themselves. They have taken our money and are bold enough to say they are not going to return it. The money belongs to the people; they should return the money quietly; let there be voluntary compliance. Let them voluntarily come out to say ‘this is what I have stolen’ and the government will take it. I think that is the best thing to do.”
While commenting on the handcuffing of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Olisa Metuh when he appeared in court, Magu said there is nothing wrong in handcuffing an accused person.
“It is not coming from us (Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, brought Metuh to court), but there is nothing wrong with that actually. They have a right to use their discretion; you are not there, there must be reason. There are instances when you handcuff a suspect, but let them explain themselves”, he said.
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