NUC Asks EFCC To Check Activities Of Illegal Universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called for the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in checking the activities of fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made the call during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the commission head office in Abuja.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren, Professor Rasheed sought the assistance of the anti-graft agency in creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free university system.

As part of a collaborative effort in the fight against corruption, the NUC boss presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the commission.

He also commended the anti-graft agency for its efforts in riding Nigeria of corruption and urged it not to relent in its drive.

In his response, Mr Magu thanked Professor Rasheed for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course and promised that the Commission would study it and make the necessary input for its effective take off.

He also assured the NUC boss that the EFCC would go after fraudsters operating illegal universities in the country.

The EFCC boss lauded the visit saying, “EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption”.

Public Officials Loot Through Procurement Process – Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that Heads of public sector organisation steal from the public through the procurement process.

Magu who said this at procurement retreat for chief executives/accounting officers of public agencies warned the CEOs to stick strictly to the 2017 budget in the award of contracts or face prosecution.

He said, “It has come to our knowledge that heads of public offices try to steal from public covers through the procurement processes.

“For us everybody has a duty to fight corruption.

“I want to warn that only strict adherence to 2007 Procurement Act will save you from jail term.”

Magu added, “Nothing will stop us in the fight against corruption; nothing. I say nothing, nothing at all.

“Nobody, nobody can stop the fight; it has come to stay and we are determined. We are unrelenting in the face of serious adversity; serious adversity. Nothing can stop us.

“Even though corruption is fighting back, we will continue to fight and we will win at the end of the day because we are not fighting corruption as an individual. Every Nigerian should join in the fight against corruption.

“The appeal is that we want to mobilise everybody. The best strategy in fighting corruption is to bring everybody on board and I am telling you, we will succeed; no doubt about that.”

Welcoming participants, the Director General of Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr. Mamman Ahmadu, said the retreat was in line with on-going reforms aimed at entrenching efficiency, transparency, accountability in public procurement process.

“Nigeria Problems Caused By Corruption”

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says most of the problems plaguing Nigeria are caused by corruption.

He added that even cancer could be traced to corruption.

Magu said this when he visited the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday.

The EFCC boss said, “Corruption is the worst enemy of Nigeria. It is a disaster. It causes all evils. Even cancer is caused by corruption. Every evil you find in society is caused by corruption directly or indirectly. So, it is high time you and I stamped corruption out.”

Magu called on Nigerians to assist the commission to tackle corruption, adding that the EFCC could not do it alone.

He also commended INEC for helping to tackle corruption.

The EFCC chair added, “We are all Nigerians and we all have equal responsibility of fighting corruption. Everybody in his home has a responsibility in the fight against corruption and no one can sit down and say he can fight corruption alone. Corruption is affecting everybody.

“Everyone must join in the fight against corruption. Corruption is a disaster, it has done too much damage in this country and I believe INEC is fighting corruption indirectly. They may not be fighting corruption the way we are fighting it. That is why I said fight corruption whichever way you want to fight it.”

In his remarks, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said over 200 INEC officials had been either suspended or sacked for alleged corrupt practices.

He, however, said most of the officials of INEC were not corrupt but honest people, adding that at least 7,000 officials were promoted for their honesty and diligence last year.

Maina Sues Magu, EFCC For Defamation Of Character

Former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina has decided to sue the Chairman of the Economic and. Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the EFCC over allegation of defamation of character.

Maina accused the Magu and the EFCC through his counsel, Mr. James Onyilo, before a High Court of Justice, Lafia of granting press interviews which were slanderous, untrue and malicious.

In the writ of summons, Maina’s counsel asked the court for a declaration that the press interview granted Magu on November 30 and December 14, 2017 are defamatory, slanderous, untrue, injurious and intended to lower the reputation and integrity of the plaintiff in the estimation of right thinking members of the society and brought him to public ridicule, odium, contempt and derision.

He also asked the court to order the defendants to retract and publish an unreserved apology to the plaintiff in at least three daily newspapers within seven days from the day of the judgement.He wants the court to restrain the EFCC boss from making comments considered defamatory of the plaintiff.He asked for an order directing the defendants to pay jointly and severally, the sum of N10 billion ‎as damages for the publications.

In the statement of claim, Onyilo said, “the 1st defendant. (Magu) who has a personal score and vendetta to settle with the plaintiff using the instrumentality of the 2nd defendant‎ (EFCC), maliciously embarked on a campaign of calumny against the plaintiff.

‎Meanwhile, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an interim forfeiture of a property thought to belong to Abdulrasheed Maina but upon investigation, the real owners of the property, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd has sort a leave to be joined in the ex parte motion filed by the EFCC seeking forfeiture of the said property which belongs to the company. Upon further investigation, it was realised that the said owners are known personalities in the Nigerian oil and property business.

 

Anti-Corruption War Must Be Fought Like Jihad – Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has urged Nigerians to support the current administration in the fight against corruption and engage in the fight like a jihad in order to free Nigeria from the grip of the corrupt persons.

Magu said this on Sunday in a lecture he delivered at the 7th convocation and 10th anniversary of the Fountain University, Osogbo in Osun State.

Speaking at the convocation of the university established by NASFAT, the EFCC boss, whose lecture was delivered by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede, said just 55 persons stole N1.3tn between 2006 and 2013.

This amount, Magu said, could fund massive infrastructural development in many sectors and could train almost 4,000 children from primary school to university with a budget of N25m for each of them.

Magu said it was disheartening that these few corrupt persons had turned round to wage war against the commission and the administration using various means including the same people they had impoverished.

The EFCC boss said Nigerians should not leave the anti-corruption war to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osunbajo and the commission alone, saying every Nigerian must support the anti-graft war with the aim of winning it.

He said, “This was why I said we owe it to ourselves, it is a jihad for all of us to wage the war against corruption. It is unpatriotic and a shirking of our responsibilities as citizens to fold our arms and leave the fight against corruption to President (Muhammadu) Buhari, Vice-President (Yemi) Osinbajo, the EFCC and a handful of others. We are all stakeholders in the fight against economic and financial crimes; together we can defeat this evil.

“Indeed, corruption could have killed Nigeria if the rate at which corruption was festering then had not been checked. Take for instance, the money stolen by just 55 people between 2006 and 2013 is well over N1.3tn. One third of this money, using the World Bank rates and cost could have comfortably been used to construct 635.15 km of roads; built 183 schools; educate 3,974 children from primary to tertiary education levels at N25.24m per child; built 20, 062 units of 2-bedroomed houses across the country and do even more.

“The cost of this grand theft therefore is that, these roads, schools and houses will never be built and these children will never have access to quality education because a few rapacious individuals had cornered for themselves what would have helped secure the lives of future generations, depriving them of quality education and healthcare, among others.

“But the corrupt, using sponsored people, claim that they are being prosecuted because of the region they came from, the religion they profess, or their ethnic identity. They do their utmost not to answer the all-important question of whether or not they are guilty of the corruption allegations against them.”

Magu stated that the EFCC had recovered N738bn in about two years due to the support of the President and the commitment of the agency to stop corrupt officials from further plunging the nation into underdevelopment.

He said the EFCC was oblivious of the ethnic background or religious belief of corrupt persons when they were being investigated, saying those playing up the ethnic cards were doing so to whip up sentiments in order to go scot-free with their loots.

He, however, said that the EFCC would not relent in its efforts to stop corruption in the country despite the series of brutal attacks launched by the corrupt persons against him and the commission.

But the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, while addressing the gathering, said it would be extremely difficult to tame corruption as long as the nation depended on “unearned fund” from crude oil.

The governor said corruption was not really the main problem of the nation but laziness, stressing that Nigerians would be very vigilant and would stop corrupt persons from stealing their money if the people worked hard to generate fund for the government.

He said so many people did not know the process of extracting crude oil but they depended on proceeds from its sale.

He added that Lagos State with an average internally generated revenue of N41.7bn per month, was the only state that had weaned itself from the dependency on oil money.

Argbesola said, “Is corruption really our main problem? We are largely lazy. To tame corruption in a rent-seeking economy will be very difficult. I am not in anyway antagonising Magu but what I am saying is that a society that depends on rent can hardly eliminate corruption.”

He advised Nigerian youths to use the insult hurled at Nigeria by the United States President, Donald Trump, to spur them into serious work, critical thinking and innovation in order to create jobs and make the country a better place to live in.

Source: PUNCH

Magu, Daura Appear Before Senate Panel

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, are before a Senate panel to discuss the clash between EFCC and DSS officials.

The clash began when operatives of the EFCC attempted to arrest former head of NIA, Mr Ayo Oke, and the former DSS DG, Ita Ekpeyong on November 21.

It was gathered that the EFCC operatives had arrived at the official residences of the former heads of the agencies located at numbers 21 and 46, Mamman Nasir Street in Asokoro, Abuja to effect the arrest only to meet resistance by the operatives of the NIA and DSS.

Read Also: DSS, NIA Operatives Stop EFCC From Arresting Oke, Ekpeyong

Thereafter, the Senate on November 22 mandated an ad-hoc committee to investigate the cause of the incident and report back to it.

Subsequently, the EFCC stated that it had obtained two separate warrants from a court to arrest the former bosses, adding that it also got the permission of the court to search their residences.

Reacting to the situation afterward, the EFCC boss, Magu, said there is no going back on the plan to have the former heads of the security agencies arrested.

“We are not discouraged at all. The law must take its course, nobody is above the law,” he said.

Ekpeyong who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

Oke, on the other hand, was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari over the N13 billion found in an Ikoyi, Lagos apartment, said to belong to the NIA.

MURIC Accuses “Corrupt Politicians” Of Trying To Kill Magu

A Muslim group, the Muslim Rights Concern has revealed those attempting to eliminate the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

The group, while threatening that heads would roll if anything happened to Magu, accused powerful corrupt politicians of trying hard to silence Magu forever.

MURIC, in a statement on Wednesday, signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, leader of the group, lamented that powerful corrupt politicians want to eliminate the EFCC boss.

It could be recalled that unknown gunmen attacked Magu’s residence in Karchi Abuja two days ago, which led to the death of his police security officer.

MURIC’s statement reads, “Unknown gunmen have again attacked the house of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. A police sergeant on duty was reportedly killed on the property located at Karshi, an Abuja suburb two days ago.

“Being the third attempt on the life of the EFCC boss this year alone, there is no iota of doubt at this time that a powerful corrupt person or persons whose case or cases are being investigated are determined to eliminate the no-nonsense anti-graft fighter.

“The handwriting is on the wall and the Federal Government must give marching orders to the nation’s security agencies to leave no stone unturned in the mission to protect Magu. Some powerful people just want him out of the way by hook or by crook. They want anyone else except Magu as head of the EFCC.

“This man should not just be sacrificed like that. He is not fighting a personal battle. He is on a mission to rescue Nigeria from the abyss of moral debauchery. He is fighting for both the present and future generations. Corruption must not be allowed to win the battle. Nigerians will lose hope in this war if the arrowhead is eliminated. We believe it is high time FG read the riot act to the security agencies. Heads must roll if anything happens to Magu.

“MURIC demands round-the-clock impregnable security network around the person of Magu, his house as well as members of his nuclear family, no more, no less. No option should be underestimated, including his consumables and the possibility of the use of explosives anywhere around his vicinity. This is not asking for too much because any successor of Magu will have been intimidated if the latter is eventually eliminated. The implication of this for the war against graft is better imagined.”

EFCC Advises Fayose To Face Task Of Governing Ekiti And Stop Baseless Accusations

Following the accusation of the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose saying the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had given Femi Falana properties from the recovered pension funds, the commission has released a statement to address the accusation.

Read the full statement below;

‘The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) takes exception to the attempt by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to impugn the integrity of its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over the management of assets recovered from pension fraud suspects. The governor, who addressed the media today in Ado Ekiti, was quoted as saying that respected Lagos lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, “was one of many highly placed Nigerians who allegedly were compensated by the EFCC and Ibrahim Magu with properties retrieved from corrupt government officials.’

‘This is the most irresponsible allegation, coming from a governor of a state. Will Fayose, in good conscience be able to name the “prominent Nigerians’, that the EFCC and Magu supposedly ‘dashed seized properties to curry their favors’?

‘The EFCC does not need to ingratiate discerning Nigerians to win their support. The Commission’s record and the uncommon commitment of Magu to the fight against corruption is the reason why patriots like Falana would openly identify with the Commission’.

‘Magu and the EFCC did not give out any property, being suspected proceeds of crime, to anybody. The Commission never received any property from Abdulrasheed Maina and could not be compensating people for what does not exist. If Fayose has evidence to the contrary, he is at liberty to call another world press conference to expose all the prominent Nigerians’.

‘Otherwise, he should face the task of governing Ekiti and the challenge of accounting for his stewardship as his tenure hits the homestretch’.

Seized N13bn: Ikoyi Whistle-blower Threatens To Sue FG

The lawyer of the whistleblower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) recovered from an Ikoyi apartment, Yakubu Galadima, has said his client is prepared to sue the Federal Government for fraud if he is not paid his money soon.

Given that the 5% payment as stated by the whistle-blowing policy is yet to be made to Galadima’s client, the Punch reports that the lawyer said “That (suing the government) is one of the options but we have many options. Before now I had a discussion with Alhaji Lai Mohammed who directed me to speak with a lady in the office of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Tolu Kasali. I had a discussion with her and she told me that she would see what the government could do about it.

“My client’s concern is that time is of the essence. The guy wants to relocate from the country. There is no time and his life is in danger. He is jobless at the moment. He is not doing anything right now and in fact he is a burden on me.”

The lawyer said his client had also suffered psychological trauma caused by the Federal Government’s inaction.

Earlier, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has tied the delayed payment to the commission’s decision to hold counselling sessions for the whistleblower on prudently managing his bounty, as he is “now a millionaire.”

EFCC Officials Under Probe For Corruption, Says Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says some of its officials are currently being prosecuted for corruption in various courts across the country.

The Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this at an interactive session with Editors in Abuja on Wednesday.

Magu, who did not immediately give the number of the affected officials, said he would not condone any act of corruption in the agency.

“Recently, we had to discharge about nine cadet officers because they have problem with their certificates from various institutions.

“We are also prosecuting a lot of officers. Some of them are already in court.

“There is a way you can help us. Just like you can help us with information regarding corrupt practices outside the EFCC, and proceeds of corruption, you can also assist in giving us the information.

“But, I assure you, I do not tolerate, I won’t condone any act of corruption in the EFCC.

“ I cannot be everywhere but I am telling you I don’t spare any allegation no matter how little, we make sure we investigate.

“No allegation against the EFCC personnel is left uninvestigated. Even if there is allegation against me, we will refer it to the appropriate authority to investigate.’’

The EFCC boss said that the ongoing anti-corruption war was getting tougher, saying the fight had never been this tough in the several years he had spent in the battle.

He reiterated his call for concerted efforts by all stakeholders, especially the media, in the fight.

`Nobody will claim ownership, nobody has a better knowledge than the other person, nobody has a monopoly of knowledge in the fight against corruption.“We need everybody on board now that the fight against corruption is getting tougher. I have been in this business for a very long time; it has never been this tough like now.

“Some of us feel that it is our generation that caused corruption. So, we have a responsibility to clear the debt.

“Please don’t get tired because it is about Nigeria, it is not about individuals. All of us have a responsibility to God Almighty to fight corruption.

“Let us double our efforts. From the way we are going, they have already failed. It is almost half won, but we must sustain the momentum.’’(NAN)

EFCC Under Magu Deserves Commendation – Ribadu

The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has commended the current acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu and his team of staff for their confidence and courage in staging a gallant anti-corruption fight in Nigeria.

He said EFCC deserves the support of all well-meaning Nigerians to carry on with the war against corruption.

Mallam Ribadu made the remarks while delivering  keynote address at an event”Following the Money community gathering organised by Connected Development (CODE) with the theme “The Power of Grassroots Mobilisation in Social Accountability” held at the Silverbird Galleria in Abuja, yesterday.

He said “I am of the opinion that Ibrahim Magu and his team are doing a great job and they need the support of all well-meaning Nigerians. I know how tough this work is, and I can appreciate the challenges they are contending with. We must support and encourage them.”

“Not because we like or dislike them but because they are offering a selfless national service, and they are doing it very well.”

Mallam Ribadu said Nigeria is currently witnessing essentially a classical case of state capture in which individuals, including those in high public office, use their position to undermine the state and its policies because of their personal interest.

“Unfortunately, some people who supposed to be part of efforts at restitution are colluding with those who have stolen our commonwealth to frustrate the work of those who are genuinely committed in reversing the ugly trend. And as this unholy alliance of corruptpeople in and out of government takes root, it is us, the ordinary Nigerians, that are the victims,” he enthused.

He opined that those who have been a stumbling block to the warb against corruption clearly do not understand or feel the biting impactof corruption.

“If they do,” he said, “they would not put up the kind of resistance we are currently witnessing in the efforts to make a success of the anti-corruption war.”

The former EFCC chairman said “Nigerians must also stand to be counted on the intractable issue which poses a bigger challenge, the corruption malaise. Importantly, at a time like this, when a clear line is remerging, demarcating agents of progress and those of bent on stopping them, as citizens, we have a duty not to be on the fence but make a clear choice between these contending forces.”