Jafaru Isa Will Still Be Prosecuted – EFCC Boss…Says Anti-Corruption War Has Just Began
Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says Jafaru Isa, an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, who received a cash gift of N170m from Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), will still be prosecuted despite returning a part of the money.
Isa, who was arrested last Wednesday, was released after he returned N100m to the EFCC, and with an undertaking to return the balance.
He said in spite of the refund, Isa would still be prosecuted.
Speaking at a meeting with online media publishers in Lagos on Monday, Magu also declared that the war against corruption has just begun.
At the event it was also revealed that Patrick Akpobolokemi, former boss of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, was re-arrested recently outside the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, after new evidences of alleged embezzlement of N34.5 billion and another N600 million were linked to him when he was in charge of the maritime agency.
He was said to have jumped bail and the lawyer who stood surety for him had to be arrested in his place until his rearrest outside the court in Lagos after he resisted their directives to return with them to the EFCC office.
On the war against corruption, Magu said the battle has just began.
According to Magu, nothing will be left to chance in bringing corrupt elements to justice, whether the persons are highly placed or not, adding that the extent of the looting of the nation’s treasury was mind numbing.
Magu said it was most unfortrunate for anyone to say that the war aginst graft was selective, adding that his agency is not teleguided in the ongoing anti-corruption fight.
He said EFCC cases drag in court because of many court applications, adding that “when a politician steals N10 billion, he keeps N5 billion for litigation. He hires Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). Judges accuse us of not conducting thorough investigation in order to compromise.”
He said the anti-corruption war was a collective war and advised the media to join EFCC to fight the war whose victory would be for the benefit of the next generation.
On whether former president Goodluck Jonathan would be invited over the Dasuki arms scandal, he said Jonathan has not been invited because memos and documents regarding the disbursement of the $2.1 billion indicate that the money was not approved for political campaign.