EFCC doesn’t Torture Suspects – Magu

Mr. Ibrahim Magu
Mr. Ibrahim Magu

EFCC doesn’t Torture Suspects – Magu

  • Canvases Anti-Corruption Course for Nigerian Universities

Magu denied allegation of torturing of suspects by the EFCC, and said, EFCC only investigates non-violent crimes.

Mr. Ibrahim Magu
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu

“On my watch, where hapless Nigerians are defrauded, the EFCC will swiftly come to their aid; where powerless Nigerians are shortchanged, the EFCC will intervene; where there is impunity, the EFCC will step in and level the field. The struggle to enthrone a just and equitable society has been, and will continue to be my life.”

He said: “We don’t chase innocent people, but thieves of state resources. We conduct certain background investigation before we invite a suspect. When we invite you, all we ask you is to corroborate our findings.”

“We don’t torture people; far from it. We investigate non-violent crimes and so we have no basis to torture anyone. We specialize in financial crimes investigation, which means we follow the money to the extent of knowing how you utilized the money, how you distributed it, and so we do our own homework before we invite anybody.”

“The EFCC has come a long way, from its very humble beginnings in 2003. From a handful of seconded staff, working with no take-off funds, office or equipment, we are presently in all the geo-political zones of the country, with hundreds of ongoing investigations and prosecutions in courts all over the country.”

“We have also recognized the need for global partnerships in the work that we do and are therefore in mutually-beneficial relationships with all the leading law enforcement and regulatory agencies around the world. In the comity of global law enforcement, the EFCC is the reference agency.”

Magu gave insights into why the EFCC plans to take the anti-corruption battle to the nation’s universities.

He said: “Nigerian universities are hosts to millions of young men and women in their late teens and early 20s, pursuing courses from accounting to zoology. This demographic is what fascinates us at the EFCC, it is these young men and women that will, on graduation, move into the Nigerian civil and public services, as well as the private sector of the economy.”

“To repeat an all too familiar cliché, they are the future leaders. Unfortunately, there are preciously little or no courses in our universities to prepare these young men and women about corruption, how it manifests itself, its ramifications, and what they could do to stop it.”

“The EFCC believes that university students constitute a strategic target of anti-corruption training and awareness raising activities as they will become tomorrow’s managers. It is for that reason that I am canvassing for the introduction of anti-corruption courses for all university undergraduates in Nigeria.”

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