The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says the fear of the anti-corruption body has been stopping governors from attending flashy parties both within and outside the country.
Magu said this during an interactive session with reporters in Makurdi on Monday.
He said, “Corruption is not as reckless as it used to be. Even governors no longer attend flashy birthday parties within and outside the country unlike before. In those days some governors went to London for flashy parties, but that does not happen now. The fear factor is there, and the EFCC is making them not to do so. Even when they go, they are cautious about whatever they do or say.”
He added, “The political inclination is no longer an issue. I don’t care who you are, where you come from, and there is no question of identifying the chairman of a political party. If you are corrupt, I will go after you.
If you are corrupt, we usually conduct a thorough preliminary investigation before we come after you. That is why if you are invited by the EFCC you should know that there must be something.
“We have been able to do a lot of things against corruption and it is no longer business as usual.”
Magu said the desire to intensify the fight against corruption prompted his visit to Benue State.
The EFCC chief said, “You will agree with me that corruption is still pushing. I met someone who described corruption as rain. So, corruption is still beating everyone in Nigeria. That is the essence of establishing our office in Makurdi to bring the service closer to the people.
“We cannot do it alone. We are here to mobilise every human being to join the fight against corruption in Benue. Journalists are corruption hunters.You must join hands with the commission for it to have greater success in the fight.”
Magu revealed that the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government had been working.