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There are corrupt officers in EFCC – Magu



The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says there is corruption in the EFCC.

Magu, who made this disclosure to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, revealed that the EFCC recovered about N434bn between January and August 2017.

According to Punch, Magu said the commission had recently dismissed nine cadet officers for certificate forgery while some other operatives were facing trial for corruption.

He added, “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.

“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 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 between January and August 2017, thereby making a sum of N434, 745, 578,118. 39 in naira.

Magu 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 amount recovered.

The EFCC boss also said, “Between January and August this year, the EFCC recorded 137 convictions.”

Magu also denied reports that he and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), were having a clash.

Also speaking, the Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Mr. Francis Usani, disagreed with the move by the National Assembly to make the NFIU a completely independent agency.

Usani said the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units did not ask for the creation of the NFIU as a separate agency but only asked for a more autonomous NFIU.

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