Governors now afraid of organising flamboyant parties, says Magu

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Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), has alleged that some governors are afraid of organising flamboyant parties because of the “commission’s eagle eyes”.

During a visit to the commission’s zonal office in Makurdi, Benue state capital, on Monday, Magu said some of the governors were now maintaining low profile. He attributed the development to the efforts to the EFCC to fight corruption.

Magu said whenever the governors contravened the law, the EFCC swings into action, adding that they were always on the commission’s radar, within and outside the country.

“EFCC is all eyes and ears; wherever and whenever they organise such ostentatious parties, they will be fished out and prosecuted, be it within or outside the country,” he said.

The acting EFCC chairman said the commission would not relent in its efforts at curbing their excesses, saying necessary strategic plans had been put in place and were expected to yield results in the fight against corruption.

Magu said even though corruption is deeply rooted in the country, the anti-corruption war of the federal government is yielding results.

He said the task of fighting corruption was very complex and sophisticated, as organised criminal gangs were daily devising new high-tech means of perpetrating fraud and other criminal activities.

Magu said the agency, in its quest for success, is always ahead of the fraudsters and criminals in their activities.

He added that the commission had recorded tremendous achievements through its whistle blowing policy.

“Whistle blowing is working very well and we are paying. What delays the payments sometimes are the rudiments of the courts,” he said.

Magu said the commission recovered millions of naira from members of the previous Benue house of assembly who were involved in “strange car deals”.

He added that a massive crackdown on internet fraudsters better known as Yahoo Yahoo boys was ongoing nationwide.

The FBI’s “sweep” operation, along with EFCC, had since May focused on dismantling the cyber-criminal enterprises.

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