The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has urged the media to provide any information that could assist the agency’s fight against corruption.
Mr. Magu spoke Monday at a meeting with online media publishers and on-air-personalities in Lagos.
“Such media intelligence will definitely complement the efforts of the EFCC,” he said.
“The media occupies a vantage position to help or hamper the war on corruption in Nigeria.
“I quite appreciate the importance of the media as a vehicle for social transformation, and the role which some of you played in ushering the current change in our political fortune is well known.
“The EFCC needs your critical support if we are to make any headway in this important campaign against corruption.
“My plea for your support is underscored by my understanding that the forces which we are battling are powerful and some of them may want to use all platforms of the media to distract and derail us.
“If and when they do come to you, please allow the ethics of your profession, your conscience and overriding national interest be your guide,” he said.
Mr. Magu said the attempt to use the media to portray the commission’s anti-graft war as selective was unfortunate.
He also said the EFCC was determined to conduct more penetrating investigations to rid the country of “all forms of corruption”.
“The times we are in calls for vigilance by all, more so for the media. I call on you to be our eyes and ears in the corners where you operate” Mr. Magu said.
“The EFCC is a very small organization which cannot be everywhere. You will be complementing the commission when you play the role of whistle blowers. Anywhere you see corruption, let us know about it,” he said.
The EFCC boss urged the media to enhance their credibility by keeping their platforms away from unscrupulous individuals who have reasons other than the national interest as their motivation.