The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has admitted to the existence of corruption within the EFCC, saying the anti-graft agency is fighting the menace internally.
Magu made this disclosure while having a chat with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, also stated that the EFCC recently dismissed nine cadet officers for certificate forgery, adding that some other operatives were facing corruption charges.
“The internal affairs department in the EFCC looks at issues of professional misconduct of operatives in the EFCC. Internal affairs investigate unethical conducts by our men and the internal affairs is in charge of screening prospective employees of the EFCC,” he said.
“Recently, we had to discharge about nine cadet officers because they told lies on their certificates. We are also prosecuting a lot of officers who are involved in crime. Some of them are already in court. But you can also help us by giving us information about corrupt officers because we do not condone corruption.”
Magu added that the EFCC had recovered about N434bn from looters between January and August 2017. He said N409, 270, 706,686.75; $69, 501,156.67; £231,118.69; €610,816.20; 443,400.00 dirham and 70, 500 Saudi riyal were recovered during the period under review. Converted to Naira, the sum is N434, 745, 578,118. 39.
The anti-graft czar noted that the over N7.6bn recovered from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; and the N329bn which was returned by a number of major oil marketers in the country, formed a bulk of the total recoveries.
As regards conviction of corrupt persons, the EFCC boss said, “Between January and August this year, the EFCC recorded 137 convictions.”
While responding to questions from journalists, Magu denied reports that he was at loggerheads with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).