Saturday, November 28, 2020

President Buhari receives report on Magu’s probe, reassures there will be no sacred cow in anti corruption crusade



President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to stamping out corruption, saying no one is too big to be probed.

The President said this when he received recommendations from the panel set up to probe allegations of corruption in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under its suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The panel, headed by a retired justice and president of the Appeal Court, Ayo Salami, presented the reports contained in 4 boxes to President Muhammadu Buhari at the council chambers of the presidential villa, after over three months of probe.

President Buhari frowned on the fact that an investigation had to be instituted to probe an anti-corruption agency such as the EFCC, saying it shows how deep-rooted the menace is in the country.

Meanwhile, Justice Salami has recommended that the next head of the anti-corruption agency should come from outside of the Police Force.

According to him, the four previous chairmen of the EFCC since inception were from the police, so an opportunity should be open to persons from other law enforcement or security agencies as provided in the EFCC establishment Act of 2004.

Justice Salami believes this will help the Commission better reposition itself for greater effectiveness.