EFCC working with UAE, others to check corruption in Nigeria – Magu

EFCC  Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission has started taking steps towards implementing international agreements recently reached with the governments of other countries.

Mr. Magu made this known at a meeting with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

“I met with the delegation of UAE in Vienna; they are willing to work with us. They have records of people with beneficial ownerships. We are going there very soon,” he said.

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a pact with the United Arab Emirates to ensure the repatriation of corrupt Nigerians who abscond from the country.

Mr. Magu also welcomed the decision of the justice ministry to put in place a unit that will facilitate improved investigation into criminal cases in the country.

The EFCC boss, who noted that the commission remains a vital organ for the execution of the ongoing war against corruption, added that the new development by the justice ministry will only aid the commission in its ongoing war against corruption.

“If there is any proposal that will add to our work, we will take it,” he said.

He added the reported rift between him and the justice minister was nothing but “an imagination of people, which he (Magu) does not believe in.”

“There is no rift between me and the attorney-general. The AGF is my minister and there is no reason for us to quarrel. I don’t believe that. There is a synergy between us to face the common enemy (corruption),” Mr. Magu said.

The AGF, Abubakar Malami, also recently played down the perceived rift noting that they both (he and Mr Magu) had a job to do to curb corruption.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had equally been quoted recently in the media to have dismissed the rift; adding that if such existed, the presidency would wade in.


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  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Rubbish! I wonder who will be deceived that “There is no rift between me and the attorney-general. The AGF is my minister and there is no reason for us to quarrel. “

    Review Godwin Onyeacholem’s comment and question: “other than crude, selfish politics, there can be no legitimate reason for the AGF’s latest threat, as conveyed by Obono-Obla, to report the heads of EFCC and ICPC to the presidency for refusing to hand over the case files of more than 35 former governors and senators. It is important to ask why the AGF wants these files. Why won’t he simply invite these agencies to a meeting to update him on the cases, and then explore ways of assisting in achieving diligent prosecution?”

    You will then know and appreciatethat the dirt and bad blood between Magu and Malami is being swept under the carpet by not only the two players but also by Lai!

  • thusspokez

    “I met with the delegation of UAE in Vienna; they are willing to work with us. They have records of people with beneficial ownerships. We are going there very soon,” he said.

    Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a pact with the United Arab Emirates to ensure the repatriation of corrupt Nigerians who abscond from the country.

    Mr Magu and President Buhari are two daft people. They have no idea about the dynamics in the world outside Nigeria.

    You can sign a thousand agreements, but how many of them would be honoured to the letter? Less than 15% — some estimates says. Governments across the world seem to love signing agreements; and also enjoy the photo opportunities and when all that is done for publicity, very few go on to honour the agreements.

    I am sure that most of the foreigners buying up the very expensive properties in the UAE had used illicitly gained money. Do any rational person thinks that it is in the UAE’s interest to start cooperating with foreign governments to arrest and extradite foreign crooks in the UAE and risk flight of capital from the UAE?

    Haven’t these Nigerians learnt from their experience dealings with western governments, how difficult it is to persuade them to extradite Nigerian looters to face justice in Nigeria? Why should the UAE be any different?