Crime commission boss open to new ideas

Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu

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Ibrahim Magu says the commission has recorded successes.

The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu says the commission is committed to learning and being guided in the best possible ways to carry out its functions aimed at eradicating corruption in the country.

Magu stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Ngozi Emehelu at the State High court Enugu.

“We are here to thank you for all your support and also solicit for more knowing that we are not above board and will constantly need directions and guidance in the work we do,” Magu said.

He stressed that the judiciary was responsible for the Commission’s achievement so far and that for anything to be done successfully in the future, the support of the judiciary is still highly needed.

“We are not above board neither do we claim monopoly of knowledge but we seek for not just your support but that of Nigerians to do the needful so that the country will move on positively,” he said.

Justice Emehelu expressed delight at having the EFCC boss whom she described as a hardworking man.

She said that the judiciary was poised to support the EFCC in its efforts aimed at eradicating corruption in Nigeria.

On the relationship between the Commission and the judiciary she further said; “The work we do and yours are very similar because they are service and public oriented jobs that calls for closer synergy between not just the EFCC and the judiciary but also among other law enforcement agencies. We are ready and willing to support you but on the basis of mutual respect.”

Effective justice
Citing the judiciary as the balance between the legislature and executive, Justice Emehelu said the need for speedy trial of criminal cases cannot be over-emphasised and that the judiciary was committed to effective justice delivery and speedy dispensation of cases.

Addressing members of staff of the EFCC, Enugu Zonal office, Magu urged them to see their work at the Commission as a call from God to serve humanity.

He said that it was not an accident that out of millions of Nigerians, they were destined to be staff of EFCC.

The EFCC boss advised them to always seek to learn from their superiors because nobody is a repository of knowledge and that they should never involve themselves in any devious dealings which will put the commission in bad light.

“You must be committed to your work and not mind the temptations because we will not spare anyone who is corrupt, you cannot be fighting corruption and be corrupt,” he warned.

Magu’s official working visit to the South East zone commenced on Saturday with a meeting with members of the EFCC/CSO/Labour Coalition at the EFCC zonal office, Independence Layout, Enugu.

Sammie Idika