The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said the commission will probe projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) abandoned in the region, very soon.
Magu made this known yesterday, at the Abuja Zonal office of the EFCC, during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Niger-Delta Students, NANDS.
He noted that there was a need for the anti-graft agency, to visit the region and ensure that money paid for the execution of developmental projects, but which have not been executed were recovered and the defaulters made to face the long arm of the law.
He said, “We will visit such projects and ensure the completion of the projects and where money has been taken, we will go after them and recover the money. We will ensure that justice is done.
“There’ll be a Project Monitoring Team which will partner with civil societies to monitor the award of contracts by the NDDC and execution of the projects.
“So, there is a need for us to partner in each of the states in the region. We will visit such projects and ensure the completion of the projects and where money has been taken, we will go after the thieves and recover the money. We will ensure that justice is done.”
National president, NANDS, Lucky Emonefe, who led the delegation described Magu as “a fearless and dogged fighter” and pledged the support of the association in mobilising the youths of the region to embrace the fight against corruption.
Meanwhile, the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) has commended the unrelenting efforts of the EFCC, in the fight against corruption.
Nigeria’s Representative and Chairperson, Committee on Social Affairs and Health Cluster, Dr Tunji John Asaolu, who made the commendation during a courtesy visit of a 12-man delegation to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, noted that the AU’s endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari as the 2018 AU Anti-corruption Champion was in recognition of his commitment and drive towards tackling issues of corruption within Nigeria and in the diaspora.
Asaolu stated that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen AU’s collaborations with the EFCC and for the delegates present to learn from their wealth of experience and knowledge, with a view to replicating successful strategies in their respective home countries.
Responding, Magu, expressed the President’s political will, support and non-interference in the fight against corruption, which has led to numerous successes recorded thus far.
He added that from January 2018 till date, the EFCC has secured more than 90 convictions of corrupt individuals, including several politically exposed persons, across the country.
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