The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has again vowed not to relent in its efforts in making Nigeria free from all forms of corruption, expecially economic and financial crimes.
The acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu made this promise on Saturday, while speaking on a live programme at Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Harmony, 103.5 FM, Idofian, Kwara State tagged: “The Achievements of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ilorin Zonal Office”
Magu who was represented at the Programme by the Ilorin Zonal Head of the Commission, Isyaku Sharu, said that the anti-graft body would continue to discharge its responsibilities to the people without fear or favour.
“We are professionals, we work base on petition and intelligence, we can not afford to fail the people, the Commission ensures there is a prima-facie case against someone before we take him or her to ourt, we go after people who are corrupt irrespective of tribe, gender or religion”
“Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act gives us Special Powers to investigate and prosecute anyone who has committed lives above his or her legitimate means.
Answering further questions on the achievements of the Commission from the Presenter of the Programme, Mr Olusegun Ajileye, The EFCC Boss said: “The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission has secured 26 convictions so far since we started our operations in February this year, 2019, more than ten corruption cases are before both the Federal and Kwara State High Courts,” he said.
“We make sure that we are on top of our job because we are professionals, we don’t do unlawful arrest, the Commission gathers enough facts and evidence to link the suspects to the crime they are being accused of before making arrests, we ascertained the veracity of the petitions before arrest,” he added.
He also appealed to members of the public, especially the people of Kwara, Kogi and Ekiti States to continue partnering with the EFCC as to succeed in the ongoing fight against corruption.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to give us the needed support, because the fight against corruption should be everybody’s business, parents should take care of their children because they are the leaders of tomorrow”
The Ilorin Zonal Head however used the occasion to commend the Bar and the Bench and the judiciary generally in Kwara and Ekiti States for supporting the anti-graft war.