Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that the anti-graft agency would not spare politicians defecting from one party to another.
Magu on Wednesday in a conference with editors in Lagos said the EFCC war against corruption remains resolute as there are no hiding places for corrupt politicians.
“The fact that a politician jumps from one party to another will not stop EFCC investigation; we don’t stop investigation until it is concluded.
“It is only the courts that have the powers to decide on whether to exonerate or convict any indicted politician,” said the EFCC chairman.
Responding to alleged interference by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Magu said that he had never received any instruction to stop any investigation.
“I am not the type you’ll ask to stop any investigation”, Magu said.
The EFCC chairman said it had become fashionable for anyone being investigated for corruption by the Commission to scream political persecution.
“With the general elections fast approaching, the resistance has assumed even frightening dimension with political motives imputed to most of our activities,” he said.
According to Magu, the media owes Nigeria a duty not to allow the corrupt to deploy their ill-gotten riches to corner the machinery of government.
The EFCC chief, therefore, urged the media not to lend their platforms to helping the cause of the corrupt that were shedding crocodile tears.
“We must all do what is right for our country, which is ensuring that those who steal our common patrimony are brought to justice,” Magu said.
According to him, the EFCC has so far revealed only about 10 per cent of the monumental corruption perpetrated in the past and urged all security agencies to prioritize anti-graft fight.
“You have not seen anything yet, we have not even touched 10 per cent of corruption perpetrated in the past,” he said.
He expressed concern at the state of seized assets which were rotting away at various locations across the country adding that the EFCC has signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Mauritius in its efforts to recover looted assets.
On assets recovery, Magu said EFCC had recovered a total of N106.5 billion, $1.63 million, 629,000 British Pounds and 25,575 Euros this year.
Magu said going by over 158 convictions secured between January and August this year, it is certain the anti-graft agency would surpass the record of 189 convictions achieved in 2017.