Chairman, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, revealed that the agency has secured more than 140 convictions and recovered billions of dollars in stolen funds from unscrupulous individuals, within the last six months.
In a statement signed on Thursday by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Mr. Magu said the agency within the last six months had secured over 140 convictions, including some elusive ‘high profile’ criminals.
Also, the anti-graft agency says they have recovered billions of dollars worth of stolen funds and blocked numerous avenues of money laundering, as well as blocked several channels that people of questionable character use to launder their ill-gotten wealth.
The EFCC boss made this known while speaking at a rally organised by the EFCC to sensitize Nigerian schoolchildren and teenagers on the perils of corruption to national development.
According to Magu, he is enlivened by the growing optimism of Nigerians in the fight against corruption. Citizens are now more disposed to pre-emptively act against corruption; and where the act has been committed, they are willing to work with EFCC to fish out the criminals.
However, in order to ensure that justice is fully served to the victim, the perpetrator and the society, it is important for us all to continue to hold everyone in the justice delivery chain accountable.
The EFCC boss urged the citizens to increase their scrutiny of the nation’s judiciary. He said Nigerians must also take their watchdog roles over the judiciary more seriously to ensure they meet the yearnings of Nigerians for justice.
Magu said Nigerians should expect a very rigorous war against corruption. He also debunked speculations that the anti-graft agency was not persecuting some arrested members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) because they are in the opposition.
Some of those convicted in the last six months include; a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Raymond Temisan Omatseye (five years for a N1.5n contract scam); a Lagos Court Registrar, Mrs. Rosulu Idowu Oluronke (10 years for $8.4m).
Also, a former chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area, Kogi State, Gabriel Daudu (154 years for N1.4billion fraud); ex-Adamawa Commissioner for Local Government Affairs John Elias Babani (10 years for N51.5m fraud); George Uboh (3 years for selling vehicles belonging to the defunct Police Equipment Fund), among others.