Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, yesterday while presenting a paper titled “Before Corruption Kills Nigeria”, at the 62nd Award Night of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, held atthe Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja disclosed that the introduction of the whistle-blower policy by the federal government has led to the recovery of about N17billion by the Commission.
In the paper, which was presented on his behalf by Dr. A. Bello, Magu said; “Apart from several other recoveries running into several billions of naira, the recent whistle-blower policy, has led to the recovery of N521,815,000, $53,272,747, £122,890, and €547,730 by the EFCC.”
The EFCC boss reiterating the Commission’s commitment to combating corruption, called on the media to support the ongoing fight against corruption as that was the only way the battle can be won.
He said; “the EFCC is committed to pursuing its statutory mandate and to rescue the Nigerian state and its people from being killed by corruption. We call on the Media and well meaning Nigerians to join us in this crusade. With the government and people of Nigeria behind the EFCC, we shall surely be victorious”.
Magu also revealed that the EFCC recorded 62 convictions in the first quarter of the year.
In his remarks, the National President, NUJ, Abdulwaheed Odusile, pledged the Union’s support for the EFCC and commended the Commission for its committed efforts in combating corruption of all manners in Nigeria. He urged the agency to continue carrying out its operation without fear or favour.
Odusile pledged; “While we commend the EFCC for its efforts in fighting economic crimes and corruption, we urge it to be diligent and painstaking in its assignment, and continue to operate without fear or favour. The media will continue to support their efforts in this regard”.