Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, partially revealed that the agency is presently carrying out an investigation on the allegation that low remittances was made by past registrars of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
Although he admitted while speaking to newsmen at the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, after a courtesy visit to the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede that the investigation was too early to disclose any information he also hinted that there was also an ongoing probe of some of the nation’s universities’ Vice Chancellors over allegation of monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances, vowing that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.
When asked how far he has gone with investigation on the alleged low remittances by the board’s past registrars, he said:
”I think it’s too early for me to comment on that, we are working. It’s too early for me to comment on that.”
While also responding to question on the level of investigation on alleged monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances by some Vice Chancellors, the EFCC insisted that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.
” We would not spare anybody,” he said.
Earlier, in his mission statement to the board’s registrar, he said his visit was informed by major things chief among which was to partner the tertiary institutions examination body on fight against examination malpractices in the country. According to him, the first reasons he was at JAMB was to commend Oloyede for transparancy he had brought to JAMB by remitting exactly what the board was generating to the government.
Second, he said he wanted to come and show appreciation to JAMB for the confirmation and promotion examinations for EFCC personnel it has been handling and to also hail the JAMB’s Registrar for the anti-corruption crusade he has been championing in the nation’s tertiary institutions examination body. He said
”For showing that this is what is available and it should go to where it supposed to go, that’s very commendable and it shows a lot of transparency. ” I hope everybody will emulate what you have done when you said this money belongs to this people, give Caesar what is Caesar’s. I think it’s a very commendable efforts.”
“When you are fighting corruption, the best way to fight it is to mobilise and bring everybody on board. We want to invite everyone to join us in the fight against corruption, corruption is everywhere. “You don’t have to do it the way I do it, you just have to find a way to do it,even if you educate the younger ones at home, you are still fighting corruption.
“But there are areas we can collaborate with JAMB in the fight against corruption and that is the area of examination malpractice.
“This is only the reason why I came here, I also came to thank you for the area JAMB has assisted us in arranging our confirmation examinations and also promotion examination. I’m sure it has taken a lot of efforts, a lot of resources in handling this.
“And since I’m here, I also want to use the opportunity to tell people that everybody has a role in fighting corruption, individually and collectively. At least, we must chase this monster out of this country, it’s a disaster, we don’t need it. It’s an evil, we don’t need it. Just do it the way you can,you don’t have to do it the way I do it. Chase it out, it must go because it has done a lot of damage to this country, a lot of destruction. Also everything that is going wrong in Nigeria is caused by corruption.
“Cancer itself is caused by corruption, if there was no corruption, there wouldn’t be this high rate of cancer. There wouldn’t be problem in out hospitals, there wouldn’t be need for our people to eat adulterated food. Corruption is the multiplier of every evil, every wrong doing can be attributed to the act of corruption. So we have the responsibility, everybody here. “Even the media, has more responsibility in fighting corruption, they have to really help us to sensitise Nigerians that corruption is wrong.”