- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been gaining grounds in its anti-graft war
- Between January and June this year EFCC has recorded 113 convictions nationwide
- The acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu has vowed not to spare the corrupt Nigerians despite prevailing obstacles
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recorded 113 convictions nationwide between January and June, its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said on Friday.
Magu, according to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, told stakeholders at an interactive meeting that the convictions were made possible by their contributions and support.
The EFCC boss reportedly vowed not to spare the corrupt despite the prevailing obstacles in the anti-graft war.
“We will not fail to bring to book those who have corruptly stolen our commonwealth and thereafter organise to destabilise the anti-corruption initiatives.
“I will not relent, I will fight for the interest of our citizens and our children’s future,” he said.
Magu reiterated his position that corruption is at the root of recent separatist agitations in parts of the country, and urged all patriotic Nigerians to join forces against those tendencies.
Civil society leaders, who spoke at the forum, called on the commission to step up its awareness creation activities on the prevention of corruption.
They urged the EFCC to create communication strategies that would motivate the masses to join the anti-corruption crusade.
Malachy Ugwumadu, President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), described the anti-corruption fight as a class struggle and war that must be won by the people.
“This is a class struggle between the political elites and those of us fighting to rescue the soul of our society.
“The battle may be lost if we don’t reorganise and focus on the people who seem confused due to manipulation by the corrupt few,” Ugwumadu reportedly said.
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, EFCC traced N603m to Mrs Esther Habu, the wife of Mr Josiah Habu, who is the Director of the Bioresources Development Centre in Bayelsa state.
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According to the EFCC, investigations showed that Esther, whose husband is a director at the BIODEC branch in Bayelsa State, was given suspicious contracts even as a total sum of N603, 000,000 was traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.
The anti-graft agency said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, that about N70m was traced to her husband.
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