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Anti-corruption EFCC to investigate corrupt legal practitioners

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed plans to beam its investigative searchlight on legal practitioners in Nigeria.

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Ibrahim Magu (Inset) play EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

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The fight against corruption in Nigeria may soon take a new dimension. This is sequel to the decision by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to beam its investigative searchlight on its officials and legal practitioners.

The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, stated this during a workshop organised by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACC) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Magu maintained that lawyers have a greater stake in the war against corruption hence the decision to focus on those who helped corrupt officials to escape justice.

"Whether you are EFCC, SAN (Senior Advocates of Nigeria) or whatever, sooner or later we will start going after people who buy properties with stolen funds as well as people who help others to escape justice.

"We will not stop going after people who are involved in laundering money. It doesn’t matter who you are, the law is a respecter of nobody especially those who commit crime," he said.

Similarly, the EFCC boss disclosed plans to go after banks and their personnel involved in money laundring.

Magu recently revealed that the agency has convicted 140 people and recovered billions of dollars from corrupt individuals in the last six months.

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