The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has warned that corruption is deadlier than cancer, Coronavirus, ebola and lassa fever and other killer diseases hence the need for Nigerians to combine and tackle the menace.
Addressing the Passing Out Parade of 281 Detective Inspectors of the EFCC at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, Magu urged for concerted efforts against the scourge noting that, corruption is deadlier than the killer diseases that the world is fighting.
“Like Mr. President had said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. That is why the mission to eliminate corruption in Nigeria assumed a more systematic posture from 2016 with the development of a National Anti-Corruption strategy and national Anti-Corrption Action Plan which were launched in 2017.
“Corruption is worse than cancer, Ebola virus, Corona-Virus and all other deadly diseases put together. Corruption is responsible for the insecurity and other vices experienced in Nigeria today and if we can remove corruption from our system, all these insecurity will disappear.”
The EFCC boss however said that the Commission has achieved several successes with the number of successful prosecution of corruption -related cases by the EFCC.
“IN 2015, 103 convictions were secured. By 2016, 195 convictions were recorded, 314 convictions were recorded in 2018, while over 1,281 convictions were secured by EFCC between January 1 and December 31 2019.”