The acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has said that the EFCC was committed to learning and being guided by judicial prefects to carry out its functions aimed at eradicating corruption in the country.
Magu made the statement when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Ngozi Emehelu yesterday, in Enugu.
“We are here to thank you for all your support and also solicit for more knowing that we are not above board and will constantly need directions and guidance in the work we do,” he said.
He stressed that the judiciary was instrumental to the commission’s achievement, adding that for continued success, the support of the judiciary is still highly needed.
Responding, Justice Emehelu expressed delight at the visit of the EFCC boss whom she described as a formidable and hardworking man. She assured that the judiciary was poised to support EFCC in its commendable efforts at eradicating corruption from the country.
On the relationship between the commission and the judiciary, she said, “The work we do and yours are very similar because they are service and public oriented jobs that calls for closer synergy between not just the EFCC and the judiciary but also among other law enforcement agencies. We are ready and willing to support you but on the basis of mutual respect.”
Citing the judiciary as the balance between the legislature and executive, Justice Emehelu said the need for speedy trial of criminal cases cannot be over-emphasized and that the judiciary was committed to effective justice delivery and speedy determination of cases.
Speaking later to the staff of the Enugu Zonal Office, Magu urged them to see their work at the commission as a call from God to serve humanity.
He advised the staff to always seek to learn from their superiors because nobody is a repository of knowledge and that they should shun any underhand dealings that will put the commission in bad light. In his own word; “You must be committed to your work and not mind the temptations because we will not spare anyone who is corrupt, you cannot be fighting corruption and be corrupt.”