The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has won over one hundred and ninety cases against investigated criminals in Nigeria.
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu said in Abuja, when he visited the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, that the cases were verifiable, with the names of suspects, complainants, courts and judges that tried the accused.
Mr. Magu said the cases also centered on financial crimes investigation, advanced free fraud and corruption.
“It has to do with financial crimes investigation and advanced free fraud and corruption cases. But we have problem with the corruption cases because they are more slower because of the intricacies and judicial process involved,” he explained.
Magu said “this is the first time in a year that EFCC is getting one hundred and ninety two, last week, it was one hundred and eighty eight cases won and this list is real, we have them ready.”
On a planned campaign to get women more involved in the fight against corruption, the EFCC chairman said the objective was to mobilize them in order to get a common consensus among Nigerians.
He said the campaign would be launched by the President’s wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
“We want to go to the root. You know women are the organizers and the leaders of the home. They teach the children the good and the bad. As they say, charity begins at home. We believe that if you can take women along at the home, things will change for the better.”
The Chairman said one of the major contributions to the successes recorded so far was the adoption of preventive measures by him, in the fight against corruption by the EFCC in Nigeria.
“The thing is that we go into preventive measures so that everybody is in the know and work with counterparts outside Nigeria as well as international conferences that help for better performance,” the EFCC boss said.
He added that Interpol also helped in achieving successes at the EFCC.
Mr. Magu said the recent visit by prominent Nigerians to accused persons in detention, was one of the ways to show transparency in the operations of the agency and that anyone could visit suspects at any time.
He assured Nigerians that whatever the EFCC was doing, was is in line with best practices, as obtained in other countries.
The EFCC Chairman states that his desire to serve was based on public interest and commitment to make a difference.
Magu added that even though he worked in a place, where he could be removed at any time, with or without confirmation, he was encouraged by the commitment to serve, as it had to do with the “betterment of the children and unborn generation.”