Friday, February 19

Those Who Took Nigeria's Money Abroad Will Be Brought Back and Prosecuted - EFCC

Those Who Took Nigeria's Money Abroad Will Be Brought Back and Prosecuted - EFCC


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that with the renewed fight against graft in the country, corrupt Nigerians will have no hiding place.

The Punch reports that the EFCC Zonal Head, South-South, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, made this remark during a stakeholders’ meeting with pipeline surveillance contractors organised by the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Salihu explained that measures have been put in place to ensure that Nigerians who stole from the nation’s coffers and take their loot outside the shores of the country were forced back home and prosecuted.

The anti-graft chief pointed that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had shown the political will to fight corruption, even as recommended that stiffer punishment should be meted out to those involved in corrupt practices.

He specifically said that the Federal Government had entered a treaty with the government of the United Arab Emirate to ensure that Nigerians who stole the nation’s money to purchase any item in Dubai would be back home and prosecuted.

Salihu said: “There is now a political will to fight corruption. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has shown this. We went to Dubai and signed a treaty that all those who took the nation’s money abroad and bought items would be brought back home and prosecuted.

“Those involved in corruption should be made to face stiffer punishment. Only very few in the country are getting what should be used for the development of this country.

“Now, there is a deliberate shift and anybody that does not believe that the narrative has changed is living in a dreamland. We can stem the tide of corruption by giving timely information to EFCC and other security agencies.

“When you see a person who has no source of livelihood, you say the person has made it. But at the end, you realise that the person has kidnapped somebody’s daughter.”

He expressed dissatisfaction that some Nigerians were involved in arms deal scandal, oil scam and pension scam, adding that the EFCC and other security agents were security agents were trying their best to tackle corruption and other social vices.

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