In its bid to make the country corruption free, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), says it recovered not less than N217,268,238m, while property including houses and vessels were forfeited to the government in the year 2019 in Edo, Delta and Ondo states.
The Commission also successfully secured the conviction of 84 persons involved in financial, cyber crimes and other forms of corruptions in the states under Benin zone.
Muhtar Bello, Head, Benin zonal office, while disclosing this to journalists shortly after a road-walk to mark this year’s World Anti-Corruption Day, called on stakeholders support and cooperation in the fight against corruption.
According to him, to make meaningful progress in restoring transparency, accountability and due process in public governance, support and cooperation from stakeholders is need, adding that the EFCC alone cannot fight corruption.
Muhtar noted that corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development of any nation, hence including religion leaders in this year’s anti-corruption day inorder to spread the measage.
According to the Benin zonal head, the EFCC under the acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had between 2015 and 2019 secured a total of 1,636 convictions, including that of three former governors, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, Jolly Nyame, Taraba, and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Abia state.
Chief Imam of Benin, Sheik Abdulfatai Enabulele, who was part the road-walk, noted that all hands must be on deck in the fight against corruption, stressing that corruption is a draw back to the nation.
He further noted, ” We need to support the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu for the good work he is doing. We must purge ourselves, be more patrotic, committed and sincere because the stealing is too much and if we did not kill corruption, it will kill us.”
Also speaking, a representative of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN), and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Phil Arojie, said the christians have to join forces with the EFCC to stamp out all forms of corruption in the country.
The youth wing chairman of CAN, noted “We must join hands with EFCC to fight corruption, it is a fight that we must support ti continue and win”