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EFCC North-East office makes progress in anti-corruption war

The North East Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Gombe says it has recovered 130 million Naira from the states in the zone between January and April this year.

Speaking to journalists in Gombe, the Zonal Head of Operations of the Commission, Mr. Johnson A Babalola, said the commission had been able to convict nine persons in 2018 within the zone, made up of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba States, as well as Plateau State.

Mr. Babalola said the commission had also arraigned some politicians in Plateau State, who had been implicated in the fallout of the 2015 election looted funds within the last three months as well as one person in Taraba State.

He said the Commission had increased the tempo in the fight against corruption since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came into power in 2015, because looted funds were being recovered and prosecutions carried out.

Mr. Babalola said he was at the Correspondents Chapel to seek for the cooperation of the journalists to join the anti-graft commission in winning the war against corruption.

In his own words, Mr. Babalola said Nigeria belonged to all and Nigerians must make conscious efforts to build it.

Nigeria belongs to all of us and we owe it a duty to make the system work and we feel the media is our catchment area if our fight must succeed. Immediately this administration came on board in 2015, the Government redirected the fight against corruption under Ibrahim Magu and the tempo has changed to a higher speed.

He said the zone had been making a lot of progress recovering looted funds, convict offenders, arraign suspects, as well as investigate reported cases by whistle blowers.

Mr. Babalola however said, while whistle blowing was very effective and active, every information the office got was first investigated and verified to avoid harassing innocent people.

He said genuine cases within their jurisdiction are always duly followed up.

We are very organised, when someone divulge an information, we issue him a form to fill, if he agrees, we make him understand that after investigation is completed and his information is discovered to be false, we prosecute that person. We treat issues based on their merit, said Mr. Babalola

He said there is a greater need to fight corruption now, so as to avoid Nigeria’s destruction by selfish people, who steal money that belongs to all Nigerians.

Source: Voice of Nigeria