No hiding place for corrupt politicians in Nigeria….. Acting EFCC chairman
The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, in Kaduna on Monday said there would be no hiding place for corrupt public office-holders in the country.
Magu, who spoke on the sideline of the National Open Government Partnership retreat taking place in Kaduna, dismissed insinuations from some quarters that the fight against corruption was selective.
The EFCC boss, who addressed newsmen in Hausa language, insisted that the commission engaged in thorough investigation before arresting and subsequently prosecuting corrupt persons.
According to him, the anti-graft agency does not just go all out to just arrest individuals or group just for the sake of it.
Magu, who urged Nigerians to see the anti-graft war as a collective fight in an effort to rid the country of corruption, added that “we don’t just arrest somebody who has no case to answer.”
He added, “I’m here today because this event hás to do with transparency and accountability in governance and you should know that anything that has to do with fighting corruption is an area of interest to me.
“It’s not true that we are selective in the fight against corruption. Whoever we arrested for corruption must be guilty of it. We are also making progress in this fight even though it’s not our fight alone, it’s a fight for all of us as people of this country.”
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon sign an executive order on transparency and efficiency in all government ministries, agencies in the country.
The minister, who said corruption remained one of the impediments to the nation’s development, said the Buhari’s administration was committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in all public institutions across the land.
Earlier in his remarks, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had said his administration believed in transparency and accountability, saying “we are running a transparent government and everyone already knows that we insist on open and competitive bidding for our contracts.”