The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that he is not afraid of anybody in the ongoing fight against corruption.
Magu, who explained that he had no fear in his DNA, stated that he would not succumb to pressure no matter how highly placed those involved in corrupt practices might be.
The Acting EFCC chairman, who spoke through the Zonal Head of the commission, South-South, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, during a walk against corruption in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, maintained that everybody was equal before the law.
Magu disclosed that a former official of the Niger Delta Development Commission was being arraigned in court for allegedly stealing the sum of N10 billion belonging to the intervention agency.
“Those talking about succumbing to pressure do not know Ibrahim Magu. He has no fear in his DNA. The bigger they are, the better for him. He does not fear anybody. The EFCC’s motto is ‘Nobody is above the Law’. That is what it is supposed to be; equality before the law is the grand norm of our constitution. So, we cannot succumb to pressure.
“Now, the Federal High Court is arraigning some people for the theft of about N10 billion; money that could have changed the history of this area; we are not scared. If you do the crime, you must do the time. Nobody is above the law; you can report anybody found to be involved in corrupt practices,” he added.
On the alleged stolen NDDC funds, the EFCC chief stated, “We have traced, trapped and recovered assets more than N10 billion within the period under review. As I am talking to you, our lawyers are heading to the court to arraign a Nigerian for the pilferage and wanton stealing of over N10 billion belonging to the NDDC.
“These monies, if they were well utilised, will change the narratives of the restiveness in the Niger Delta. We have taken a retired judge to a court; we have also taken to court some members of the Independent National Electoral Commission, who shared over N23 billion belonging to Nigerians.”
Also, the National Chairman of Citizens Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps, Mr. Harris Chuma, said the war against graft should be embraced by every Nigerian, adding that the fight should not be left for the EFCC alone.
The anti-corruption walk began from the EFCC South-South Zonal Headquarters located on Olumeni road, off Forces Avenue to Mile One Police Station on Ikwerre road and back to the zonal office.