Magu Confirms Abusidiqu Report, Says There Is Corruption In EFCC
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu Friday confirmed a report by Abusidiqu.com that there is corruption in the anti-graft agency.
Abusidiqu had published a report detailing alleged corruption under the EFCC chairman. The report culminated in the arrest of the publisher, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, popularly known as Abu Sidiq for offences bordering on cyber stalking. Abu Sidiq has since taken the EFCC chairman to court for the enforcement of his fundamental rights.
Speaking when he paid a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Abuja, the EFCC chairman said “there is corruption in every institution, including the EFCC”.
But while the report by Abusidiqu.com put the corruption in the EFCC squarely at the desk of its chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the anti-corruption boss did not give details of the corruption in the agency.
In the report, allegations were made that Mr Magu has been diverting government funds for personal use, reason why core staff of the commission which he suspected to be leaking his alleged corrupt secrets were being victimised.
“People close to Mr Magu are questioning why he has failed to allow an investigation into various allegation of corruption made against him,” a section of the report said.
The EFCC boss during the visit to the Chief of Army Staff called for inter-agency collaboration to make the fight against corruption in the country succeed.
“The reasons why we are here is that we need everybody’s support. We do not have the monopoly of knowledge to do what we are doing,” he said.
“There is corruption everywhere, every institution, including the EFCC. We are battling with internal corruption. So, everybody has a stake in this fight.’’
Magu used the occasion to inform the army chief that the commission had concluded arrangements to mobilise women, including those in uniform, on December 7 to join the fight against corruption.
He solicited the cooperation of the army in that regard.
He appealed to the army to “join us in fighting corruption”.
“Let’s have a change,” he said. “If you can discipline yourself, you do not need another person to discipline you. Self-discipline is key.”
Responding, Buratai assured the EFCC of army’s support in the fight against corruption.
He described corruption as a cankerworm that had eaten deep into the society.
He added that any effort to fight corruption would be resisted from different quarters, “but once you are steadfast and focused on your responsibility, you will succeed, no matter the resistance”.
“We in the Nigerian army have taken it as a policy to ensure that we check ourselves and avoid any situation that will lead to mismanagement and lack of accountability or corruption,” he said.
The army boss observed that a number of Nigerians had for a long time forgotten the basic principle of being accountable to themselves and the society at large.
He said “the erosion of this attribute has affected the general well-being of Nigerians”.