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EFCC wants independence to win anti-corruption warfare, Ribadu tells FG



By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA – The previous chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crime Fee (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has known as on federal authorities to free the EFCC from all type of exterior affect in an effort to win the warfare towards corruption.

Malam Nuhu Ribadu

Ribadu made the decision on Monday at a particular City Corridor assembly organized by Shehu Yar’ Adua Basis along side MacArthure Basis in Abuja.

The previous EFCC boss, who spoke because the particular visitor of honour on the event, stated for Nigeria transfer ahead within the ongoing struggle towards corruption, the anti-corruption establishments such because the EFCC and ICPC have to be inspired and supported with ample funding and independence to operate optimally within the discharge of their duties with out undue exterior interference.

‘‘The establishments which can be saddled with the duties and duties to struggle corruption, our troopers within the battle of warfare towards corruption have to be inspired do their work. We would like them to be trustworthy themselves, we wish them to be simply, pretty, competent and transparently.

‘‘The establishments have to be inspired and supported. How can we do this? By giving them unbiased, let nobody intrude with the way in which they run their affairs. This subject concerning the management of the EFCC and the Nationwide Meeting.

‘‘It is just truthful and correct to take away establishments like that from management of others. If they’ll do that work on behalf of Nigerians, they have to be free.

‘‘Identical to the Inspector Normal of Police, the structure says, he doesn’t want any clearance from the nationwide Meeting as a result of the structure acknowledges that the work he’s doing requires him to face alone, independently. The identical factor with the NSA and Director of DSS. They don’t go to the senate for clearance, the identical with the Chief of Military workers. Then, why are we saying the EFCC ought to go to Senate for clearance? If EFCC goes to deal with circumstances involving members of Nationwide Meeting and the identical EFCC goes to move by way of them. How on earth is that going to be doable? A few of these issues are crucial if we wish to win this warfare towards corruption.

‘‘These are a number of the little issues that need to be addressed. The independence of those establishments issues quite a bit. ICPC should not have management at this time as a result of those that are nominated should undergo the nationwide Meeting. And they’re doing an important work. Preventing corruption is extra necessary than something anyone can do on this nation at this time.

‘‘So, give them sufficient funds and supply them with the sources to this work unhindered as a result of they’re getting again our cash. They have to be given sufficient help to succeed. The EFCC alone has 3800 circumstances they’re prosecuting at this time. One single group having these circumstances, after they go to court docket, it’s like burial floor, they can’t get justice. This stuff are issues Nigerians must know and hopefully they’ll get up and do one thing about it.

‘‘We have to encourage them to do their work and start to get correct good convictions. They’re crucial to the warfare towards corruption.’’

On whether or not it requires a constitutional modification to cease the EFCC chairman from looking for senate clearance, he stated, ‘‘It won’t require any modification for now. As a result of it’s a structure subject due tof the legislation enforcement work he’s doing. If the structure says, the NSA, IGP, Comptroller Normal of Customs shouldn’t go to NASS, why then must you take one other company like EFCC to them for clearance as a result of when you find yourself combating corruption, you could be free from management of others.

‘‘How on earth is that doable, think about a senator being taken to court docket and he has earlier than him the chairman of the company introduced earlier than him to clear. He won’t. So, the structure anticipated that. It made such subject clear that such accountability ought to be taken away from anyone’s management. So, I really feel we don’t must amend that part of the structure provision as a result of the spirit of the structure says we don’t want that. ‘’

On the ranking of the EFCC efficiency, Ribadu stated the anti-graft company had carried out properly, stating that by accessible data the company had positioned Nigeria because the nation with 3,800 circumstances in court docket, the best on the earth.

‘‘To start with, it will likely be higher for us to acknowledge and respect the truth that we’re not doing that badly within the struggle towards corruption. Nigeria greater than any nation at this time on the earth and certainly in Africa is doing one thing seen within the warfare towards corruption.

‘‘Nigeria is the one nation in Africa at this time that has two, three anti-corruption companies, actively working. At present, EFCC alone has 2800 circumstances occurring proper now. With few variety of operatives and with 3800 circumstances ongoing. There may be nowhere on the earth you may get one of these file.

‘‘However that doesn’t imply that we ought to be complacent, we have to do extra. If the tree is standing, the axe can’t relaxation. We should do extra merely due to the harm corruption has carried out to us.

‘‘Corruption is extraordinarily harmful and it needs to be stopped for this nation to outlive. Corruption is sort of a hidden robber robbing is 24 hours a day. Corruption is staking our sources, cash that ought for use to deal with our issues is taken by only a few folks. There needs to be a technique to cease it as a result of if we don’t get it, we’re not seemingly going to get peace and safety on this nation. ‘’


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Nigeria, solely nation to have recovered stolen cash taken overseas — Ribadu



By Emmanuel Elebeke

ABUJA— Pioneer chairman of Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, has described Nigeria as the one nation on the earth that has efficiently recovered stolen cash taken overseas.


He additionally burdened the necessity for the police and Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee, ICPC, to get up from their slumber and help the EFCC in preventing corruption within the nation.

Ribadu, who spoke at an an anti-corruption townhall assembly, entitled “A spanner within the wheel of corruption,” organised by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Basis, in Abuja, yesterday, famous that the state of affairs of corruption within the nation was “not at all times damaging,” including that the nation had been in a position to report some strides within the anti-graft conflict.

“Nigeria is the one nation that has efficiently recovered stolen cash taken overseas.  Different international locations in Africa and different locations have tried however they by no means succeeded,’’ he mentioned.

He decried the excessive price of corruption within the nation, mentioning that Nigeria had the best variety of corruption circumstances on the earth, which is “most likely larger” than circumstances in all African international locations put collectively.

Additionally talking, Government Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Waziri Adio, mentioned for the issue of corruption to be addressed, there was want for Nigeria to first sort out “institutional corruption.”

“Wherever monopoly exists, and the place there’s institutional discretion and with out measures of accountability, the establishments will certainly be abused”.


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Corruption suspects whipping up non secular sentiments – Magu



The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has decried “how (corruption suspects) now whip up non secular sentiments every time they’re referred to as upon to account for any alleged misdeeds’’.

Ibrahim Magu, Performing Government Chairman, EFCC

Performing Chairman of the fee, Mr Ibrahim Magu, raised the priority on the seventh Triennial Nationwide Delegates Convention of the Nationwide Council of Muslim Youth Organisations in Ibadan.

In accordance with a press release by Spokesman of the anti-graft company, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in Abuja on Monday, Magu was represented by Mr Mohammed Rabo, Head of the Ibadan zonal workplace of the EFCC.

“It’s unhappy to notice that the corrupt, utilizing sponsored folks, declare that they’re being prosecuted due to their faith or their ethnic identification.

“They do their utmost to not reply the all-important query of whether or not or not they have been responsible of the corruption allegations towards them.

“Who, among the many corrupt and people engaged in monetary and financial crimes, does so within the title of his or her faith or ethnic group?’’ Magu was quoted as saying.

He acknowledged that non secular or ethnic identification was by no means a consideration every time the EFCC arrested or prosecuted people for financial and monetary crimes.

“What we see earlier than us are women and men who’ve accomplished one thing unsuitable and who ought to reply earlier than the legislation courts.

“Each particular person we have now interrogated and prosecuted cornered assets meant for his or her folks to non-public use.

“However they flip round and enchantment to those self same folks they’ve impoverished – whipping up ethno-religious sentiments,’’ Magu acknowledged.

The EFCC boss urged faith-based organisations to be actively concerned within the battle towards corruption by educating their trustworthy ethical uprightness and integrity.

In accordance with him, each faith teaches the worry of God and abhors each behavioural digression that promotes ethical decadence, impurity and all types of vices together with corruption”.

“Whoever amongst you sees one thing unsuitable he ought to change it bodily – utilizing his hand, if he isn’t in a position to take action along with his hand, he ought to change it orally – talking out in condemnation towards it.

“If that’s nonetheless not potential, he ought to detest it in his thoughts; this constitutes the weakest degree of religion”, he suggested, quoting a well known Hadith (teachings of Prophet Muhammad).

The anti-graft czar stated there was no motive why everybody, notably Muslims, shouldn’t be within the vanguard towards corruption and different vices within the society, given the above Hadith and corresponding teachings in different religions.

“The power or weak spot of our religion might be measured by our potential or in any other case to face as much as and problem these committing evil acts, together with these acts that negatively influence our social, financial and ethical well-being,’’ he added.

Magu urged the youth to type a vanguard towards corruption and make themselves ambassadors of integrity by questioning any momentary wealth and ostentatious dwelling.(NAN)


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EFCC withdraws fees towards ex-Oyo Head of Service, 11 others



The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on Friday withdrew  the fees towards ex-Oyo State Head of Service, Alhaja Kudirat Adeleke,  and 11 others arraigned for alleged N5.6 billion pension rip-off.

EFCC operatives

The fee introduced its intention of discontinuance with the go well with earlier than Justice Laniran Akintola of an Oyo State Excessive Courtroom in Ibadan.

Others linked with the alleged rip-off are  Muili Aderemi, Iyabo Giwa, Adesina Ayoade, Oguntayo Banji, Adebiyi Musenbiq, Muili Adedamola, Adeduntan Johnson, Bosede Johnson, Kareem Rasheed, Olujimi Adebayo and Adewale Kehinde.

The EFCC’s counsel, Mr Simon Ibekwute, knowledgeable the courtroom on Friday that the fee needs the case to be discontinued as contained within the discover of discontinuance dated Feb. 6 and filed on Feb. 9.

Ibekwute instructed  the courtroom that not all of the events concerned within the matter had  been served and prayed for an adjournment to allow him  serve  them.

Reacting, counsel to Adeleke,  Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN), urged  EFCC’s counsel to make sure that service was  executed early in an effort to  verify  the subsequent line of motion.

Ogunwole expressed dismay on the case, saying  the property of the defendants had been with the EFCC since  2013.

Different defence counsel aligned with the submission of  Ogunwole.

Akintola adjourned the case until Could four to allow EFCC’s counsel serve discover of discontinuance on the counsel of  the defendants.

Newsmen report that Adeleke and 11 others had been charged with defrauding the Oyo State Native Authorities Employees Pension Board to the tune of N5.6 billion.

The defendants had been arraigned  on a 213-count cost bordering  on conspiracy, acquiring cash by false pretences  in addition to  fraud and forgery.



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