As the war on corruption heats up, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given a strong indication that it will soon arrest and prosecute more influential Nigerians.
Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, disclosed the anti-graft agency’s renewed push against corruption, in Abuja at a meeting with online and broadcast media managers.
Mister Magu cited the example of several highly placed individuals including a former National Security Adviser (NSA), former ministers and ex-governors, who are being quizzed by corruption watchdog about their management of the nation’s funds.
According to the EFCC boss, “the effect of this, which is obvious for all to see, is the investigation, arrest and prosecution of some of the most powerful forces in Nigeria, who have questions to answer on their stewardship whilst in office
On the allegations that the anti-corruption war appears to be targeting only members of the opposition party, Mr Magu insisted that politics had nothing to do with it.
He said no Nigerian shall be regarded as above the law, or treated as sacred cow, as far as the fight against corruption under the Buhari administration is concerned.
“As we speak, many more influential Nigerians are on the radar of the EFCC and, in the coming weeks, they would have their days in court and Nigerians will be kept fully abreast of the results of our investigations,” Mr. Magu said.
The EFCC boss said in carrying out the mandate of the commission, he has been guided by the “fear of God, national interest and the rule of law”.
One of those under the searchlight is a former PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, who has been explaining to EFCC how he disbursed N260 million paid into his bank account from the Office of the NSA (ONSA).
In a letter to the agency, he stated that out of that amount, he gave N63 million to a group coordinated by a former special assistant to former president Shehu Shagari for the 2015 presidential election.


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