The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had said the anti-graft commission would not be deterred from prosecuting corrupt judicial officers, despite the controversies that have trailed the arrest of some judges over alleged graft.
Ibrahim Magu, said this in Kaduna yesterday when he paid an official visit to Textile Labour House, seeking its support in the fight against corruption.
He said that the country should not serve as a hiding place for any corrupt public or private individual, no matter how highly placed in the society.
When asked why the searchlight of the EFCC was mostly beamed on members of the opposition in the country, the anti-graft commission boss said:
“As a matter of fact, this is not true. We go after everybody. Show me anybody that is involved in a wrongdoing that we have not gone after.
“Honestly, I am not that kind of person. We go after anybody who has wronged the nation by way of corrupt practices. The interest of this country is above any individual interest.”
Speaking on a petition against the former governor of Rivers State who is now the Minister of Transportation under the current administration, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, Magu insisted the EFCC go after anybody when they conduct an investigation for some time against anybody.
“You wouldn’t know, we get all the necessary documents and do all necessary analysis before getting hold of the person.
“Corruption is a crime against humanity, one of the strategies in fighting corruption in the country is deliberately structured to build confidence and boost the economy and as a result attract investors.
“We cannot claim to have the monopoly of fighting corruption in the country. The menace affects everybody either directly or indirectly. We are all stakeholders and that is why we go to all the places to combat corruption.
That is why I came here to appeal to labour to join hands with us in fighting corruption.
“The president is leading the way and we cannot relent in doing so. I am telling you that there is hope for this country if things can be done properly.”
In an overnight operation between October 7 and 8 scores of masked SSS personnel swoop on the premises of seven judges across six states, arresting them.
Supreme Court judges Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta were arrested in Abuja. Federal High Court judge, Adeniyi Ademola, and his Court of Appeal counterpart, Mohammed Tsamiya, were also arrested in Abuja.
Others arrested included, Kabir Auta, Kano; Muazu Pindiga, Gombe; and Innocent Umezulike in Enugu.