Amidst global efforts to contain the deadly Coronavirus, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says he strongly believes that corruption is the cause of coronavirus outbreak.
Magu stated this at the passing out parade of 281 cadets of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5, at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, on Tuesday. “EFCC has zero tolerance for corruption as our mandate is to kill corruption as corruption is worse than all the diseases we have now and I strongly believe coronavirus is caused by corruption,” Magu said.
The EFCC boss further noted that corruption is to blame for the insecurity, poverty, and most of the Challenges Nigeria faces. Magu said: “Corruption is a huge burden to our nation, it has spread to insecurity, poverty, unemployment, falling standard of education, weak access to affordable health care, falling infrastructure and so many others.”
Magu further noted that the EFCC is sustaining its fight against corruption with new approaches and strategies. “The EFCC is not satisfied with just prosecuting and jailing the fraudsters, rather the commission has concluded plans to reform them in collaboration with relevant government agencies towards making them better citizens. “As part of vigorous pursuit, the commission has created new specialised directorate and section taking into cognisance the changing phase of criminality,” he said.
“This directorate includes asset forfeiture and recovery management directorate, forensic and science laboratory directorate, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism section.
“As at 2015, we had 103 convictions, in 2016 195 convictions, 314 in 2018, over 1218 convictions were secured in 2019,” he added.
Coronavirus which broke out in Wuhan in China, has spread to over 25 countries, killing over 1,875 persons and recording 73,000 cases.