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Corruption Battles Hard to Cripple EFCC

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Nigeria News take a look at the recent attack of the EFCC office by gunmen and the other challenges the anti-graft agency is facing to curb corruption.

In spite of the visible evidence that some top politicians do not believe in the approach of the war against corruption by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, many still see it as political gimmicks.

Not until Wednesday when the war against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC went wild. Gunmen stormed the Wuse Headquarters of the anti-graft agency to protest against the prosecution on their own.

They were assailants, unknown goons who have their abettors among the politicians and dubious business tycoons across the country. Even among the staff of the EFCC, there are moles whose benefactors live large in the society.

These moles want the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu out of the way so that they could perpetrate more economic and financial evils.

The rampaging gunmen invaded the EFCC premises, shooting sporadically, damaging valuable items, including vehicles belonging to the commission. Their assault was a warning visit since they refused to kill any member of staff.

Almost all members of the senate have one case or the other to answer on corruption and in their quest to stop it, the upper chamber had rejected the nomination of Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC.

Magu had refused to compromise. He is bent on investigating the lawmakers, including former governors who are now in the senate over various allegation of financial impropriety.

He has their case files, which he had since shown to President Muhammadu Buhari and of course Acting President Osinbajo. This is why the senate will never want him to succeed.

Magu knew from the onset that corruption would fight back and had prepared himself for the battle, which of course became more visible on Wednesday.

Magu is fighting both the war within and outside his unit. He was found to be unqualified by Department of State Service, an agency under the presidency that nominated him.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami asked him to forward the case files of all senators and past governors to his office. What for? Magu had queried, adding that he reports directly to the president and would never submit such files to Malami.

To Malami, the EFCC Boss has flouted official directive and will be punished. But to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Magu is doing a good job and as far as Buhari remains the president, Magu would continue to be the EFCC boss.

Corruption in Nigeria has gone beyond political office holders, it has become an administrative procedures for almost all government officials.

The National Bureau of Statistics released the report of corruption on Wednesday, showing that government workers received N400 billion in bribes between July 2015 and 2016.

The report stated that about 84 million bribes were paid to government officials either in cash, kind, property or service and that adults, which account for 32 per cent of the country population actually involved in giving bribes to the civil servants.

These civil servants survive on bribery and they have formed strong alliance with the cabals in presidency and the National Assembly to frustrate the effort of the all anti-graft agencies, most especially EFCC.

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which jointly released the report of corruption in Nigeria with NBS, said that the country would need to do a greater job in the civil service if corruption must be abated.

Country Representative of the UNODC Christina Albertine, says Nigeria needs to strengthen its investigation and prosecution systems, as well as more international cooperation, if it is to win the fight against corruption.

To win, Magu said that EFCC would not relent to fight against graft as corruption now carries gun, threatening the survival of the anti-graft commission.

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