The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Nigeria, says Nigerians will no longer be held hostage by corruption and impunity.
Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, while presenting a paper titled ‘This Is Our Chance’ at a Symposium organized by members of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, in Lagos state, lauded the patriotic fervour of the members of the association in the fight against corruption.
He said their confrontation of the corruption monster through the instrumentality of the law was an inspiration to those on the enforcement side of the law.
Mr Magu said that the Commission, in the course of its anti-graft war, had always been confronted with people he described as ‘a gang of rogue elements’, who had been a spoke in the wheel of the Commission’s activities and had also given a bad name to the bar and bench.
He however assured Nigerians that the Commission under his watch will not spare anyone.
‘‘The biggest form of corruption is not the ones you find in government offices or banks; it is not the ones that are plaguing the oil industry or pension administration. The biggest, most virulent form of corruption that ever existed is the one that has eaten deep into the fabric of the Temple of Justice,” he explained.
He, therefore, called on everyone who is pained by the state of affairs in the country to join hands with the Commission to stamp out corruption from Nigeria.
“Where hapless Nigerians are defrauded, EFCC will swiftly come to their aid; where powerless Nigerians are short-changed, EFCC will intervene and where there is impunity, EFCC will step in and level the field.
‘‘It is important to note that what has made the EFCC to stand out from every other law enforcement agency in Africa, are our conviction, commitment and professionalism, backed by the unshaken support of ordinary Nigerians, ’’Magu said.
He lamented that some people had been scheming to appropriate the functions and powers of the Commission.
‘‘When these dark forces gather (as they have), our expectation is that bodies such as the National Association of democratic Lawyers would rise up, without any further prompting and come to our rescue. The tug-and-pull for the soul of the EFCC aptly mirrors that for the control of the destiny of our dear nation,” he added