The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Friday said all he needs to prosecute the war against corruption in Nigeria is the “backing of the President and his Vice.”
Magu made the declaration in Kano when he received a number of civil society groups at the EFCC’s zonal office in the state.
The EFCC chairman said Nigeria is very lucky that the country’s leadership has since shown their sincere desire towards wiping out corruption during their administration. Magu also revealed that that not less than 1000 corrupt people are holding Nigeria to ransom.
According to Magu, “We should thus use our greater number to push these minor criminals out of service before they cause serious problems in the country.
“My messages to these corrupt persons, hanging around our necks and using all criminal strategies to create disharmony among Nigerians, is that their times are up; this one is a fight to finish
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“What more do we need? I think the backing of the President and his vice is enough for us to win the fight and we shall win it, no doubt about that, the end of this fight is just around the corner.”
Magu made the declaration at a time that there has been so much controversy of his continued stay as Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye had faulted the Presidency for keeping Magu as Chairman of EFCC despite his rejection by the Senate.
Melaye has said Magu does not qualify to be the substantive chairman of EFCC because his mates in the Police Force are Divisional Police Officer, DPOs.
However, Osinbajo declared that as long as he remains in the acting capacity, no one would remove Magu as Acting Chairman of the agency.