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Ibrahim Magu 'Anyone we invite can't be innocent,' EFCC boss says

He said the Commission only goes after "thieves", noting that anyone invited by the EFCC cannot be innocent.

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has denied allegations that the anti-graft agency is on a political witch-hunt.

He said the Commission only goes after "thieves", noting that anyone invited by the EFCC cannot be innocent as it invites people after thorough investigations and after evidence has been found.

He stated this on a Channels TV programme, Question Time.

“We don’t chase innocent people; we investigate people before we arrest them. We follow the money, we trace when you received the money, and we also investigate how you utilized the money,” he said.

“That’s why anybody that is invited here will not come out clean, because we do our homework before we invite you. We may investigate for a year or six months and the person would not know.”

Magu said the agency will not spare anybody, as it will go after any corrupt individual irrespective of his or her social status.

He said: “There is no sacred cow, we will go after anybody who has stolen the resources of the people. We have no reservations.

“We fight corruption both within and outside. We don’t go after innocent people for political reasons, we are going after the thieves of state resources.”

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Magu described London as the “headquarters of money laundering”, noting that is the destination of looters.

“London is the capital of money laundering; it is where all the stolen money is hidden. It has given a haven to all the corrupt persons and stolen money from all states of the world.

“In fact, it is the headquarters of money laundering. Most of the stolen money are hidden either by properties or in banks or as physical cash.”

Pulse recalls that British prime minister, David Cameron, had in a private conversation with the Queen referred to Nigeria as a fantastically corrupt country.


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